Christmas to me is sacred. Even though I love the different seasons, there’s nothing quite like December. I grew up in a family where traditions mean a lot – and they still do – so a Christmas without them would be empty. Would I dream of spending the holidays on a beach somewhere exotic? Never! My December is for reading books in front of the fireplace, skiing or sledging and eating lots of Christmas delicacies with friends and family.
My most memorable Christmas Eve:
I’ve had many wonderful Christmas Eve’s in my life so far, but one of the highlights was in 1994. I was 6 years old and my Dad pretended to be Santa Claus. I believed him – even though his beard was falling off and his shoes weren’t made of wood like they’re supposed to. When ‘Santa Claus’ knocked on the front door to deliver a huge package containing a small kitchen – fully equipped – I was in ecstasy.
The excitement you have as a child during Christmas is quite unique. The lights, the presents, the songs… I’d wish more adults would keep this childish astonishment, cause there’s literally magic all around. You just have to open your eyes and acknowledge it.
How I celebrate Christmas:
In Denmark, we celebrate on the night of the 24th. The day goes something like this:
Waking up, watching Disney’s Christmas Show – in PJ’s of course, wrapping presents and helping my mother in the kitchen. The family usually takes a long walk and have lunch together and in the late afternoon, it’s time to go to church. It’s usually packed, so we try to arrive as early as possible. Afterwards, we’ll gather at home to prepare the rest, have dinner and dance around the Christmas tree. There’s no rush, everyone enjoys the evening and my mother’s cooking. On December 25th and 26th, we celebrate with yet another Christmas lunch and dinner. A lot of food!
Favorite Christmas songs:
Nat King Cole: Chestnuts Roastin on an Open Fire
Frank Sinatra: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Andy Williams: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
My Christmas wish list:
Apart from a few bottles of champagne (Perrier Jouet and Pol Roget) and travel books, I’ve tried to minimize my wish list this year, cause truth is, I don’t really need anything. Instead I’ve been looking in the direction of gifts that make a difference, for example My Climate’s environmental-friendly donations and presents. You can buy 1.000 m2 of rainforest in Nicaragua and thereby support nature conservation and the local community.
A recap of 2016 – and expectations for 2017:
On the personal scale 2016 was quite a tough year. Professionally, it was a roller coaster ride beyond compare. The Copenhagen Traveler continues to grow and this year we could welcome our sister company, The Copenhagen Traveler Productions, which I’m quite proud of. We began to focus a lot more on sustainable travel – a subject, which I’m very passionate about. Hopefully, the trend of traveling green – but not necessarily cutting back on comfort – will start spreading even more in the year to come! And we continue to be advocates of both luxury travel and sustainable tourism (it’s is possible to combine the two).
I’m sure that 2017 has a lot in stock and I can’t wait to seize more exciting opportunities and projects during the next 12 months! I’m glad you’re with me on this journey, and I promise it won’t be boring ! 🙂
I wish you all a merry Christmas and a joyful and exciting New Year! ??