First and foremost, I would like to say that Christmas is the biggest holiday in Greenland and it is celebrated for almost a month!
It is like "December = Christmas"
There are many ways to celebrate Christmas in Greenland.
First, people in Nuuk gather on the first Sunday of advent. This year, it was December 1st. There was a Christmas tree light-up event in the center of Nuuk where Santa Claus came and lit the tree.
It is not the best quality of photo but he was on the ladder truck!
Personally I have no religion.
But I love celebrating Christmas and I like learning how people celebrate Christmas.
One thing I have been doing since 2015 was putting up or decorating with this orange star by the window.
If you have a chance to visit Greenland in December, you will find this orange star in almost every window of each building.
I wrote the year on the star so I can see how many years I have celebrated Christmas with this star.
It might be a bit different from family to family but this is what I have seen and how I have celebrated so far in Greenland.
Some families gather every Sunday in December and eat together and bake cakes or cookies together. Some people go to the church
This year, I have spent a very special second Sunday of advent.
It is because, for the first time, I joined a Christmas concert at the church in Greenland as a pianist.
Yes, this is me - super nervous. haha
Joining the concert means a lot to me. This made me feel like I am part of this society. In fact, thanks to my dear friend who is working at the church in Greenland as an organist, I have participated in several concerts at the church this year as a pianist.
I have played the piano since the age of 5 and I wanted to be a pianist when I was young. But at some point, I just decided to have it as one of my hobbies.
So, this year, I played an Easter concert, then a Summer concert, then an Autumn concert. And the last, this Christmas concert was held on the second Sunday of advent - December 8th, 2019.
I was so nervous because this concert was aired live to the whole Greenland by KNR TV - Greenlandic National Broadcasting System. Of course, there was a large audience in the church as well!
It was an extremely amazing experience and I felt so good to be there!
If you want to watch the whole Christmas concert, here is the link :)
Hope everyone has a good and warm Christmas holiday with family and friends!