Whenever I celebrated Christmas in Denmark as a child, my mormor and morfar (grandmother and grandfather in Danish), would never put the tree up until Christmas Eve’s day as per tradition. In Denmark the main Christmas (jul) celebrations happen on the 24 December. There’s a big meal traditionally with roast ducks (or goose if you had lots of money), caramelised potatoes (you heard me), red cabbage, and rice pudding with cherry sauce for desert. We light live candles on the Christmas tree and dance around it singing carols, eat copious amounts of marzipan, sweets, drink sweet wines, and finally, when you can’t wait any longer, presents can be opened! Christmas traditions are strong in Denmark, and you’ll find most households do the same thing on Christmas Eve.
When I was little and celebrating Christmas in Denmark, the 24 December was such a long day of waiting until festivities began. Usually my sister and I would be put to work making these stjerner, flettede julehjerter (woven paper Christmas hearts) and krammerhuse (paper cones to put sweets and nuts in) all to hang on the tree to help pass the time. These are really traditional decorations and often something you learn from your grandparents. We have beautiful decorations made by great aunts, and great grandparents hanging on our tree that have stood the test of time even though they are made out of paper!
These stars can seem tricky to make, but follow the instructions carefully and you will get into the swing of it. It’s so satisfying to make these stars and they look beautiful on a Christmas tree.