Spring is most definitely hitting Copenhagen – slowly…but definitely surely. So surely, in fact, that I almost didn’t notice Easter was so crazy early this year. Much like Christmas, once we decided we would be home here for the holiday, with only family visiting, we decide to really make it special.Starting with the decorations…one thing we’ve learned here in Denmark is that decorating your home – even with small touches – helps you to appreciate not only the changing seasons but also the notion of preparing your own home for something special. People really do decorate here, but it’s simpler… More natural elements, more seasonal things, more things that you might actually have to put together yourself.
Last year our Easter was pretty technicolor so this year I took more cue from the scandi style and calmed it way, way down. White was the predominant color, and we brought it in with all sorts of fresh flowers and bulbs. While we dyed easter eggs in all sorts of hues, the blown eggs that were decorations in various jars were much more subdued in natural tones.
Still, nonetheless, we still made room for our ornate Viennese eggs and Polish pisanki. And because Copenhagen has just a touch of the royal side, we finally got a small collection of our own from the Royal Copenhagen eggs which we hung here from blossom branches. Rounding it out were silver eggs we set the table with with lots of fab chocolates from Summerbird.
The best part about Easter though is 5 days off. And much like Christmas, this city shuts down – although not as much as in years past. Someone finally explained that apparently legislation has changed, making it possible for more places, like restaurants, to be open. A few years ago, I would have jumped at the opportunity but now, three years into our time here, I didn’t even plan any time to go out really since we’ve gotten used to doing the holidays a little more Danishly. And that’s something I hope will come home with us. Happy Easter and Happy Spring!