Christmas decorations over Østergade with bus on the road

Photo: Jonals Co.

Will it be Christmas this year?

We must turn down the heat and save on electricity. Will it even be a "real Christmas" this year? Fear not! We have Christmas lights as well as a merry atmosphere in the collections.

Will it be a "real Christmas" this year? We are fighting rising energy prices and we need to save. Yes, even the Christmas lights are up for discussion in both Danish cities and in Danish homes.

Fortunately, we have lots of pictures of Christmas fun. We have collected them here to warm you up in the cold.

Town hall square with Christmas tree

Photo: Sven Türck

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Christmas decorations on Strøget

Photo: Jonals Co.

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Bremerholm and Magasins Torv

Photo: Jonals Co.

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Christmas decorations on Østergade

Photo: Jonals Co.

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Christmas decorations on Østergade

Photo: Jonals Co.

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Christmas decorations on Østergade

Photo: Jonals Co.

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Town hall square with Christmas tree

Photo: Ophav ukendt

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Town hall square with Christmas tree

Photo: Sven Türck

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In fact, it is not at all the first time that we have to save during the holiday season. In November 1973, a new order came into effect from the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs. Decree on limitation of electricity consumption. Here it was the oil crisis which caused car-free Sundays, reduction of speed on the roads, less public transport, etc. In 1973, calls for savings began: lower the temperature, take shorter and colder baths, keep the windows closed, etc.

But after the order in November 1973, it became illegal to use electricity for illuminated signs, facade lighting and advertising lighting, and shop premises and windows were not to be illuminated outside opening hours. Outdoor Christmas lighting at both private and business premises was prohibited.

And we can see that in our newspaper articles, where a search for "no Christmas lights" really hits in 1973.

Graf fra siden Smurf, der viser, at flere skrev om "ingen julebelysning" i 1973 end i andre år

Photo: SMURF

It will be interesting to see how many of the websites and newspapers that we collect now write about the lack of Christmas lights in 2022.