Christmas is coming soon. And the children in asylum center Sandholm’s kindergarden can look forward to gifts, Christmas songs and even a Christmas show
Susanne Kruger has been a pædagog (child care worker) in Center Sandholm’s kindergarden for 24 years. She has also been working in new asylum centers like Haderslev and Helsingør. I interviewed her about how Christmas is celebrated in the Kindergarden in Sandholm, and why it is celebrated.
Christmas starts the 1st of December
“We celebrate Christmas because it is a Danish tradition and Denmark is a Christian country. We start to make decorations with kids in the kindergarten and in the youth club the 1st of December. We prepare a Christmas party the 22nd of December,” Susanne Kruger explains.
“Here in the kindergarden we invite parents and children for a Christmas party. They are served coffee, fruit and æbleskiver (Christmas cakes), and at the party a man will come and do a fun show for kids. We do not teach about the birth of Jesus or sing any religious songs as the children belong to many different religions. We sing a fun Christmas song. The name of the song is “Nisser”. (Nisser are small fairy tale Christmas creatures). We also dance around the Christmas tree, and all children get a gift; a small bag of sweets. All children are very happy to celebrate Christmas and so happy to see Santa Claus and take a pictures with him,” Susanne Kruger explains.
We wish the best happiness and positive things for all kids in the asylum centers and that it will be a happy Christmas for everyone.