So, it's the holiday season. In Danish, christmas is 'jul'. Christmas time is 'juletid', which the English language knows as Yuletide. It was orginally a winter festival celebrated from the end of December to the beginning of January.
Not being a fan of monotheistic religious symbols in my home, you'd think that yuletide was tricky to get around when you have kids. Danish tradition, however, has heaps of options. Elves and fairies are primary figures in December. My kids have four elves who show up on December 1st each year and hang out until the 24th, placing a present a day in their stockings and - as a rule - doing naughty things. Every morning the kids look forward to seeing what they got up to during the night. They'll raid the fridge and the cookie jar, turn the milk green, hide stuff in the kids' shoes, and so on.
Some years we'll get a tree, or we'll decorate in other ways. This year, however, we realised that that bicycle standing in the living room might just be perfect for decorating. If yuletide is about symbolism, surely the bicycle is a powerful symbol for all that is good for our cities and societies. If not one of the most powerful symbols. So, the beautiful, old Husqvarna bicycle from 1947 got a makeover.
Off we went. The kids decorated the Yuletide Bicycle this weekend. Adding evergreen branches, small elves, bits and pieces from the decoration box and they cut out hearts to put on the bicycle. The heart is another primary, and secular, symbol of christmas in Denmark, and it goes hand in hand with the bicycle. We actually love the heart so much, we put it on our Danish coins.
The kids did their own funky thang and went crazy decorating the bicycle.
Now all we need are presents to put under. Coming soon.