Danish Christmas party - the Brazilian way

It is a tradition here at Brazilian Studies to throw a Christmas party each year in December where all semesters, former students, professors and Brazilian friends are invited to come celebrate the arrival of Christmas and the end of the semester. Each year a new group of people arrange the festivity, which means that every party can be different from the last. 

Last year our party included a traditional Danish Christmas buffet with potatoes and gravy, a type of meatballs called “frikadeller”, roast beef, rice pudding and cherry sauce. There was Christmas music and a game, which included dices, cheap gifts, a timer and a whole lot of excitement.

This year our brand new 1st semester was in charge of the planning. When we arrived we were greeted with Brazilian snacks (homemade pão de queijo and pastéis) and a nice cold beer. For dinner they had cooked a very nice feijoada with rice, crisps, vinagrete, farofa and a salad. Under our plates they had placed a note with a “mission of the night”, which resulted in spontaneous birthday songs, annunciations of bathroom breaks, improvised speeches and other unexpected activities. The soundtrack of the evening was a mixture of Danish Christmas hits, American R&B and Brazilian goodies, which resulted in a crowded dance floor. All in all it was a very successful evening and now we are excited to see what next year’s party will look like. However, I am sure that no matter which type of theme, music or food, it will be a great party.

Written by Anne Lindblad


  1. Pleased to know about your Christmas party style and really liked it but planning to do something different. Every year, host a small party at one of NYC venues and enjoy the eve. This year couldn’t book anything in budget so looking for alternative ideas.


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