Well, it is quite a long story..
In Denmark we celebrate Christmas Eve on the 24. of december, by eating the christmas meal, singing the carols, and giving each other presents. In my familly (as in many other danish families) we have roasted duck for the main course with potatoes, "brown potatoes", which is caramelized potatoes, pickled red cabbage, and a lovely sauce with red wine and cream. Does that sound odd ? ;-)
The traditional dessert for most danish pople actually has a french name, "Riz a la mande" (" Risalamande" or Rice with almonds). You boil some pudding rice with vanilla corns, vanilla stick and milk, and allow it to cool down and get tasty over night in the fridge. Then you add sugar, almond flakes and whipped cream, and it is nearly ready to serve. Did I mention that we eat a hot cherry sauce for that dessert? Does that sound odd too?
So whats that about the almond gift?
You also have to remember one more thing: The Almond! You have to hide it very secretly in the jar with the Riz a la mande, so that no one will know where it is. On Christmas Eve the person, who finds this single almond, will get the almond gift of course ;-) It could be anything, actually, in recent times it was very popular to make a small pig of marzipan, now a days iy is often a game to make the waiting time for the presents bearable.
So what about Annie and the advent calendar?
I made a small almond gift for Annie, inspired of the good old days. It´s not made of marzipan, but I have given it a golden look, ready to be a part of your christmas decorations collection. For christmas it will be nicely wrapped.
Wish you all a merry Christmas!