Oh boy has this week been crazy...
Three papers in three days....not to mention two all-nighters. Even studying abroad can't save me from the stress of finals week.
...finals week? Yeah. That's difficult to think about. I only have TWELVE DAYS before my semester is over and I return to the states. How can four months have gone by so quickly? It seems like just yesterday I was arriving at my host family's house on a warm, sunny August day. And now it's cold, dark, and SNOWY in December.
It's supposed to snow another 20cm tomorrow...and I didn't even think I'd see snow in Denmark! Usually it doesn't snow until January.
It might look beautiful, but riding my bike through the snow is not the funnest/easiest thing to do...
How perfect that it snowed on the first day of December too? It's like Christmas decided to show up with perfect timing. And unlike Texas, where even the littlest bit of snow melts in a couple hours, the snow is still on the ground!
Snow also makes Christmas time extra hyggeligt :)
Copenhagen dressed up for Christmas
Christmas Market off of the Stroget
Window decorations :)
Christmas lights in Nyhavn
Full moon the night before the snow storm
Little hot dog stand all "juled" up
It's obvious that Danes love Christmas (maybe more than I do...but that's a tough call). The Danes have tons of holiday traditions! My host family has a huge party every year to make Christmas cookies, decorations, and Christmas candles!
The night before our Christmas festivities, "Santa" decided to bring me an Advent present and calendar!
How sweet! Hand-knit socks and a cookie tin :)
Cinnamon sugar cookies :)
So many cookies...this isn't even half of what we made
Making Danish Christmas ornaments!
And here is my jule-candle!
All of this "Julehygge" is a good distraction from the stress of finals, and now I only have one paper left before I'm officially done! The snow and Christmas lights are keeping my spirits high, but it's also a bittersweet reminder that the end of my adventures in Denmark are coming to an end.
I'm gonna miss looking at this out of my window
If anyone is interested in some of the traditional Danish Christmas recipes, here's a website that has everything you need to know about a Danish Christmas dinner:
Also, here are the recipes for Vanillekranse and Pebber Nodder, my two FAVORITE Danish Christmas cookies, if you want to make some in time for your holidays!
Paris in one week!!!