In a televised debate the two opposing leading women in Danish politics recently tried to define what was Danish. One was focused on humanity and the social conscience, the other was less so, but on the other hand very fond of fresh, new potatoes and the picturesque coast line. To me the definition is a blend of these things, and also very much a combination of how it is, how it once was, and how I want it to be. I love Denmark with all of my heart, and I cringe when people talk about being ashamed of it. I can understand not supporting the political direction (I don't have to say how I feel about them, do I?), but turning your back on the entire country, its history and the potential to be great once again, is not an option.
So I have put myself on an assignment to try and describe what being Danish means to me. And to make it digestible, I have made it into a Christmas calendar, so you get a little bit every day for the next 24 days. For every Dane there is a definition of what it means to be Danish, but this version will be all mine. Ultra Danish, the Christmas calendar will launch on December 1st (drumroll), and all you have to do is click the heart on the top of the page to get your daily Danish.
I found this on the back of a red car parked down my street. Although it is only two pieces of tape, I got right away how it is our flag, Dannebrog. The last decade or so, our beautiful flag have been hijacked by the extremist Danish People's Party, as part of their image. I strongly feel like it should be illegal to use a national symbol for evil, as this closely resembles using it for toilet paper. There is now a stain on the flag, that I can only hope some day will go away. Because to me it still represents something good and pure. It is my flag too, you know. And I am taking it back.
Update: by some small miracle I survived yet another Christmas.