Nisser by Ulla Jensen

The entire month of December all houses in Denmark are haunted by some small supernatural beings whom we call NISSER – in English, they are commonly known as pixies.

NISSER are small persons not taller than 2 ft. and often much smaller. They are dressed in red and grey woollen clothes and they all wear a red pointed hat. NISSER love rice pudding (in fact this is all they eat) which we set out to them during Christmas time. It has to be drizzled with cinnamon and sugar as well as a big lump of butter, along with a big glass of sweet beer….If we forget, they are likely to revenge themselves on us with the most terrible teasing….

Many Danes have much too long noses because the NISSER didn`t get enough rice pudding, so gotta be careful !!! However, if they get their pudding they can be very helpful and even useful. Many children get a small present from the NISSER every morning from 1 to 24 December. …. :-)

They may also help people in need – cure sick animals – help with a good harvest – make hard work easy – etc. – Gotta have respect for these little ones ! ;-)

Christmas is just around the corner.

“Nisser” was featured in ShuTTerBugS on 16 December 2011.
“Nisser” was featured in Children come 1st on 16 December 2011.
“Nisser” was featured in “The Power of Photography” on 28 December 2011.

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  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 3 years ago

    Super viewing and I love the words you have here to explain the history of NISSER!……….Tony

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonover 3 years ago

    First of all, what beautiful children! I put an image of my kids in hats up but mine have very long horns, which make snuggling difficult! LOL
    I love the story of nisser’s. I have never heard it before! This is just a joyful and precious photo, puts a little extra Christmas spirit in the air! All my best to you and your cuties!! Kristi xx

  • Steen Nielsen
    Steen Nielsenover 3 years ago

    Et par rigtig søde nisser, men jeg vil vædde på de er nogen drillepinde :-))
    I love this one and think the selective colouring makes a great effect. Interesting write up – my nose isn’t that long :-)
    Enjoy your evening U xx

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsover 3 years ago

    Wonderful story! Beautiful children! Great image! Hope your holidays are magical!!!

  • Leon A.  Walker
    Leon A. Walkerover 3 years ago


  • MarieG
    MarieGover 3 years ago

    These children are just adorable Ulla!! fabulous image my dear! I just love your story about the NISSERS…what a fantastic one! I bet you , you make an extraordinary rice pudding!!!…and the sweet beer…that tops it all off!!! If NISSERS can make my Christmas shopping easy and clean my house…I sure could use their help!!! I"m a little behind…BIG weekend ahead!! Hope your Christmas is all you want it to be my dear friend!

    Joyeuses Fêtes à toi et toute ta famille!!! Bises! Marie xxx

  • Jari Hudd
    Jari Huddover 3 years ago

    Lovely picture and adorable children :-) It sure put the Christmas spirit on. I love how in every country people are celebrating xmas in so many ways… In Finland we have elfs running from window to window checking, if the children has been nice or bad…. and as you know the Santa Claus is living and coming from Finland !! :-)) and it’s only one week before he leaves his home to all children around the world :-) Cheers x

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 3 years ago

    beautiful image

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 3 years ago

    Beautiful children and capture Ulla .. I love the story of the Nisser ~ first time I’ve heard it … thanks for sharing :)

  • Melissa Dickson
    Melissa Dicksonover 3 years ago

    What a gorgeous capture Ulla :))

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