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.
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.