It is the most wonderful time of the year. It is also the busiest – and the most crowded. Christmas is coming and this weekend the Danish Seamen’s Church had their big annual Christmas Bazar 25-26 November 2017.
Red, white and twinkling gold captivated your eyes as you entered the hall of the Danish Seamen’s Church on top of Mount Faber. Christmas ornaments, Christmas goblins and Christmas lights were all around and if it wasn’t for the sweating 30 degrees dripping down your back, you were almost certain to feel like you were in Denmark awaiting the holidays.
At 11 o’clock the doors opened and the many guests indulged in the abundant of traditional Danish foods – both to be bought for later purpose and immediate pleasure. The big sellers in the grocery department were red cabbage, jarred potatoes, cherry sauce, pudding rice, and of course a lot of sweets. Outside tables were ready to host for lunch. For Saturday alone, 800 pieces of open-faced sandwiches, smørrebrød, had been made, and they went quickly. On the terrace, æbleskiver, glögg, ris à l’amande and the not so Christmassy – but very Danish – hotdogs were sold.
In the afternoon, a ukulele band performed Christmas carols, and Santa paid a visit at the hill. The Singapore weather is not really suited for Santa’s usual outfit, so even Santa had to adjust which made flip flops the chosen footwear.
At 3 pm the kids could immerse into Christmas stories which were read aloud. Up until then, a creative workshop was set up on the playground where everyone could paint their very own inedible magical cake man – something to trim the Christmas tree with later.
And live Christmas trees were also available for purchase at the church. In this heat, it is important to keep the tree indoor, in water, and a good tip is to add a bit of sugar to the water, Alexa, who sold the trees, said.
At 2 pm on Saturday, 700 people had already visited the bazaar. At 4 pm, the Danish Christmas Bazaar closed, but on Sunday next day, they did it all again.