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Taiwanese children learn Danish Christmas tradition

2011/12/18 20:37:00

Taipei, Dec. 18 (CNA) A group of Taiwanese school children had an opportunity to learn a century-long Danish Christmas tradition Sunday in downtown Taipei, making paper-cut decorations for Christmas trees.

The event, held by the Trade Commission of Denmark, Taipei drew 23 hearing-impaired children, along with their parents and siblings, who learned how to make heart-shaped decorations for Christmas trees in the tradition of the northern European country.

For the first time in Taiwan, local children had an opportunity to make the Danish Christmas decorations on their own, said Sune Kjeldsen, director of the commission.

Kjeldsen said he had brought special paper for the activity from Denmark, which has a strong Christmas tradition.

Following the instructions given by Kjeldsen and other staff members at the commission, the children completed their heart-shaped decorations and were given candy to fill them, in keeping with the Danish tradition.

Kjeldsen told CNA that he was impressed by how quickly the children learned to make the paper-cut shapes.

One of the children Debby Wu, 7, said she was "happy" to take part in the activity. Chen Kuan-yu, 11, said he "had a good time."

Before the start of the paper-cutting activity, the children had a chance to listen to a traditional Danish Christmas story. (By Elaine Hou) ENDITEM/ pc