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 a vital 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 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 traditional Danish food at this party.
Dress code in Julefrokost
At the party, people usually dress up and wear formal clothes.
For example, men typically wear suits, while women wear beautiful dresses. Some people will dress up as Santa Claus too.
The dress code is also upon the host’s rule, so check it before coming 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 traditional Danish food. You will eat for hours and much more than you usually do.
In my opinion, snaps taste like a combination of water, apple juice, and vodka. It tastes quite weird, I think.
“Everyone doesn’t like it, but they still drink it.”
“It doesn’t taste good, but it’s the tradition so that everyone will drink snaps.”
My friends say that many Danes don’t like snaps, but they still drink them because it is an integral part of Danish culture.
Danes love singing while they’re drinking. A great example of it is Snaps song, “Haps Haps Haps.” In Julefrokost, before Danes start to drink snaps, they will sing this drinking song and then say a long “skål.”
Before you go to Julefrokost, it will be great if you learn this song. Therefore, you can sing together with everyone.
With the help of my Danish friend, this is the full song. However, each time you drink snaps, you sing one version of the song.
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 achievements and what they have done this year.
If you celebrate with your company, it’s a great time to know more about your colleagues and build a good relationship.
Like other parties, Julefrokost cannot miss a dance floor.
At 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 entertaining!
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 popular game in Julefrokost.
Rules: It can depend on each party, but generally, it follows
Each person brings a small gift, and all contributions 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 roll a dice and get other people’s gift if you can roll a 6.
After a while, everybody opens their gifts. Some people will have no present, 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 Julefrokost stays at the Julefrokost
In Julefrokost, mainly after midnight, people get pretty wild.
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 hangovers 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!