The seasonal celebration is called ‘jul’ in Denmark, from the Old Norse ‘jól’. It lives on in English with ‘yule’. Originally a pagan festival celebrated at this time of year, the christian influence highjacked the ceremony but the original name lives on. Kind of like the pagan symbol of fertility for the spring festivals – the hare – who still shows up at easter.
December 25 was the first day of the pagan calendar and people used to celebrate all night long to honour the ‘divine mothers’.
Whatever you want to call it, bicycles and christmas trees go hand in hand in Copenhagen.
Here’s wishing you all a very happy season and thanks to all our readers on Denmark.dk’s bicycle department.