Holiday traditions come in all shapes and sizes, but some are easier to follow than others.
For people celebrating Christmas in the Danish way, keeping these traditions alive is challenging because traditional Danish foods are hard to find.
One of the province's few Danish bakeries is found in the Surrey neighborhood of Cloverdale, in a shop owned by Kristy Raman and her father Kris Raman.
"I just love the food," Kris said. On the coast Lisa Christensen. "There are not many Danes now."
According to the archives of the Government of Canada, after the Second World War and until the early 1960s, Canada's economic prosperity attracted thousands of Danes, and the number of Canadians of Danish origin more than doubled. With this migration came Danish food and bakeries.
In 2006, more than 200,000 Canadians reported Danish ancestry, but there are few remaining Danish stores.
The ramaianos may seem incomparable carriers of Danish food because they are from Fiji.
Kristy said her father worked for a Danish bakery for many years and developed a love of culture. He has kept this passion alive at Cloverdale Bakery since 1991.
"We are Fijians who love the Danes," Kristy said. "He found it very interesting. The flavors he really loved … he just rolled over with it."
She says that since a 60 year old Danish bakery in Burnaby closed this year, the Cloverdale Bakery may be the last Danish bakery in the Lower Mainland.
But, perhaps not coincidentally, one of the few Danish delis in the region still operating is across the street at Hansel Deli Cloverdale Sausage & Meats.
Perhaps in time, Cloverdale could become "Little Copenhagen", of B.C.
What is Danish cuisine?
The ramaianos are specialized in Danish baking. Here are some examples of Danish bakery products:
- Kransekake: a tall, elaborate piece of pastry, often consumed at weddings and Christmas.
- Kringle: a type of pretzel stuffed with fruity or sugary fillings.
- Wienerbrød: a type of pastry that Canadians could simply call "a Dane". Sweet pastry stuffed with fruit filling.
- Tebirkes: similar to a French croissant, but heavily lined with poppy seeds.
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With files from CBC Radio One's On The Coast