Tonight we kick off our 2018 musical extravaganza. Since last Christmas was the first time in almost fifteen years I saw a musical, I think seeing four of them in one year can be called an extravaganza!
We start with The Book of Mormon. In Danish. I’m so excited. One of the best parts of being back in Copenhagen is being able to go to the theatre again. Les Mis was wonderful in Danish, so I’m looking forward to see how they handle this one.
It’s also the night before Store Bededag – Big Prayer Day. It’s a Danish holiday dating back to 1686 when King Christian V consolidated a lot of minor prayers days. It means two great things. We get the day off work and since it falls on the fourth Friday after Easter it guarantees a long weekend. Since this is Denmark, there is something involving food. In this case, hveder.
Hveder are a delicious bun with a tiny hint of spices that we eat toasted the night before Store Bededag, tonight. Traditionally, bakeries were closed on the day so you had to buy something that would last. I don’t know why they then ate them the night before, but it’s tradition! And they’re delicious.
I’ve eaten these ever since I was a child. I still remember the very first time my mother brought them home and explained the tradition to me. We sat at our little round kitchen table (the same table that’s now in my summer house and that my parents are taking back so they can have it in their new apartment), drank tea and did the crossword puzzle.
That brings me to my final quote of this challenge. It’s from another favourite novel of mine, Tai-Pan by James Clavell.
The only thing that five thousand years of civilisation and experimentation had taught was safe and lasting and worthwhile. The family.
When I read it, I always think of my own family. How much we have meant, and do mean, to each other. How we are there for each other, always ready to do battle for each other.
My family has helped me realise me dreams (writing and non-writing), given me a home when I needed one. I will be there for the next generations in just the same way. And make sure they eat their hveder on Store Bededag.
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