Christmas Trees and Bicycles

Long John Christmas Tradition in Copenhagen
Here’s some Copenhagen christmas tree transport. Me and my kids on our way home with the tree.

Copenhagen Yule
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’.
Christmas Tree Transport Christmas Tree Transport
Whatever you want to call it, bicycles and christmas trees go hand in hand in Copenhagen.
Juletree - Copenhagen Yule
Here’s wishing you all a very happy season and thanks to all our readers on’s bicycle department.
Long John Christmas Family

By Mikael Colville-Andersen • December 24, 2009
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  1. Posted July 28, 2010 at 11:11 pm by Geyna Gayne | Permalink

    I cannot wait. I shall be in Copenhagen for Christmas. Coming from sunny California. I love your work.

Mikael Colville-Andersen on Bicycle Culture

Mikael Colville-Andersen

A filmmaker and photographer who documents Copenhagen's bicycle culture from an anthropological point of view.