Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday


Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading and is hosted by Bermuda Onion.


Danish Nisse

I was reading The Paris Vendetta which has it's main character living in Copenhagen and the Nisse was mentioned by a child at Christmas. Not knowing anything about Danish customs and never having heard this word before and since we were in Copenhagen earlier this year I thought I would use it as my WWW.
Danish Elf, Nisse - this story in Denmark revolves around the mischievous Danish elf, Nisse, who is known to play pranks on people. Living on a farmhouse and wearing gray woollen clothes, this elf is generally good to people but plays practical jokes on them during Christmas. Many people leave a bowl of rice pudding or porridge outside, so that he doesn't trouble them.

Christmas is one of the most popular festivals in Denmark, symbolizing the spirit of love and joy.

5 comments:

  1. What a fun tradition! I love that he's a little mischievous.

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  2. A cute tradition.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/08/wondrous-words-wednesday_29.html

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  3. Hi Jackie,

    What a great little story, I just love fun and informative posts such as this.

    We were talking with some Norwegians a while ago and listening to some of their great traditions and characters of folklore, it was just so interesting.

    I live in the West Country, here in England, so I guess our equivalent little gremlin would be the 'Pixie', or 'Piskies'!

    What a fun post, thanks for sharing,

    Yvonne

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  5. I don't know all that much about Denmark, and sadly haven't been lucky enough to visit there yet, so it's interesting to hear about their cheeky little nisse.

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