The holiday spirit of Denmark is Julnisse, an elf like creature who hides in barn lofts. Dressed in gray clothing with a red hat and socks and white clogs, Julnisse will cause mischief unless he is given treats. If he is properly treated, Julnisse will watch over a families animals during the coming year. Another popular tradition at Christmas in Denmark is collecting plates, which started when wealthy families gave plates of Christmas treats to the servants. The servants set aside the plates, which were nicer than their everyday plates. Today, Christmas plates featuring Julnisse are very popular in Denmark.
Originally published by Suite101 Christmas in Scandinavia
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