Danish families keep Nissse in mind when they are preparing to celebrate Christmas. It is a proud and joyful time as families share in the duties of making their own baubles and decorations from bright paper, straw, and scraps of wood. Writing Christmas cards to friends and relatives is popular in Denmark. It is a cherished tradition for most to send and receive wishes for a "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year"! After the decorations are made, the parents secretly decorate the Christmas tree. The children are not allowed to see the tree until Christmas Eve dinner, which consists of rice pudding (that holds a magic almond worth a prize for its finder), goose, red cabbage, and browned potatoes. At this time, the tree is lit, and the families gather near it to sing Christmas hymns and carols.
For those looking for a Christmas experience a bit more quaint and old-fashioned, the Danish may have what you are looking for.