Christmas for me is always about spending time with my family, enjoying the traditional lunch and dinner traditions. Our family does the same thing every year. But 2014 was the first year I spent Christmas away from my family. My boyfriend and I travelled to Scandinavia for a month where we spend Christmas in Denmark.
Christmas is celebrated over December 24 and 25 in Denmark but most of the attractions stay open on Christmas Eve.
We were in Copenhagen from December 21-25 where we were lucky enough to experience a white Christmas – the first in Copenhagen in almost ten years!
On December 24 not everything was open so we planned our sightseeing to work around that. In the morning we went for a walk through the Botanic Gardens and we admired Rosenborg Castle. We spent the rest of the day at Tivoli where we took a photo with Danish Santa, went on as many rides as we could and ate traditional Danish foods. There weren’t many people around so we didn’t have to line up for anything. We also met a lot of other tourists, some of whom we ran into a few more times on our travels through Scandinavia.
At 4pm we went to Copenhagen Cathedral for Christmas mass. We couldn’t understand most of it because it was in Danish but the songs were nice. The sun sets at around 3-4pm in winter so it was pretty dark by the time mass finished. We grabbed some dinner and went back to the hotel to pack our suitcases and get an early night.
On December 25 we woke to snow on our first white Christmas ever. We went out to take some photos in front of the Christmas tree near Town Hall. We left Copenhagen just around lunch time to board an overnight cruise to Oslo. We had dinner in one of the finer restaurants on the ship where our waiter told us great things about Oslo and Norway.
I thought it was going to be hard to spend Christmas away from my family but being with my boyfriend and travelling meant we got to experience a different kind of Christmas spirit. Plus, being Australian, my family were celebrating Christmas while I was asleep so it was kind of easy to forget. I also got my family much more amazing gifts while I was travelling.
For this year though, I think I’m going to stick to the family traditions.
Do you have any Christmas traditions? Let me know in the comments below! Don’t forget to check out the hotel I stayed in.