Guide to Julefrokost – A Danish Christmas Celebration
Christmas is coming with the most exciting and long-awaited celebration of the year: Julefrokost. If you live in Denmark or know about Danish culture, I think you may once hear about this party.
How to celebrate Julefrokost? Read here to find out!
What is Julefrokost?
Julefrokost plays an important part in Danish tradition. Every December before Christmas, people gather together and celebrate an annual Julefrokost – a Danish Christmas lunch. This party can be between family members, or just generally a group of people (friends, colleagues, the member of clubs).
In Danish, Jule means Christmas, and Frokost means lunch. However, the time of the party may depend on the host, and usually, it starts late in the evening, around 5 pm. It can be considered as a dinner as well.
So, what do people do to prepare for this party? The participants will prepare some gifts and the host will prepare delicious food and drinks for the participants. You can enjoy lots of Danish traditional food at this party.
Dress code in Julefrokost
In the party, people usually dress up and wear formal clothes. For example, men usually wear suits, while women wear beautiful dresses. Some people will dress up as Santa Claus too. The dress code is also up on the host’s rule, so check it before you come to the party.
What do people do in Julefrokost?
Julefrokost is a combination of Thanksgiving and Christmas, so of course, there is a lot of Danish traditional food. You will eat for hours and much more than you usually do. I don’t know how to prepare for the party, but found a cool post for this. You can check here to see how is a proper Danish Julefrokost
It’s Julefrokost and it’s time to get fat! Stay strong and eat for the whole night :)
The participants may be asked to bring their own drinks and also drinks for the others. You can bring beers, cocktails, beverages, or whatever you want to.
The most important drinks in Julefrokost is snaps. Snaps is a small shot of drink and people drink it during eating, and it contains around 32% ~ 40% alcohol. Read more about snaps at Wikipedia
In my opinion, snaps tastes like a combination of water, apple juice, and vodka. It tastes kinda weird I think…
“Everyone doesn’t like it but they still drink it”
“It doesn’t taste good, but it’s the tradition so everyone will drink snaps.”
My friends say that many Danes don’t like snaps, but they still drink it because it is an important part of Danish culture.
It’s so interesting to see Danes sing while they’re drinking. In the party that I participated, people sang Haps haps haps song while drinking Snap. I found it was really funny, so I asked my friend for a lyric. You can check out the song here.
Julefrokost is also a time for everyone to gather together and share their stories. It’s time for reflection, so people usually look back and share their achievement and what they have done during this year. If you celebrate with your company, it’s a great time to get to know more about your colleagues and build a good relationship.
Yes! Like other parties, Julefrokost cannot miss a dance floor. In the parties that I attended, people used the living room as a dance floor, and someone got to be a DJ while others danced. It was really fun!
You can play some games at the party as well. It can be a drinking game such as beer pong, or gift game such as PAKKELEG – the most common game in Julefrokost.
Rules: It can depend on each party but generally it follows
Each person brings a small gift and all gifts are placed in the middle of the table.
1st round: Everyone takes turns in rolling the dice and when you roll a 6, you can choose a gift until all gifts have been taken.
2nd round: You rolls a dice and can take other people’s gift if you can roll a 6.
After a period of time, everybody opens their gifts. Some people will have no gift while some may have more than one.
7. Smoke (Optional)
Many Danes smoke, and they usually go out and smoke regularly. You can meet and see most of the people at the party outside.
What happens at a Julefrokost, stays at the Julefrokost
In Julefrokost, especially after midnight, people get pretty wide. They may do crazy things and behave strangely. Everyone knows that and no one will blame you if you do something strange that night.
5 Best Tips for Julefrokost
Don’t go out the night before. You need to get ready for the big day.
You should drink water because it helps reducing hangover the next day!
Don’t drink too many snaps if you don’t want to be too drunk
Eat more than you do and drink more than you do
Enjoy yourself and be a bit crazy because it’s Julefrokost!