No childhood would be complete without the fairy stories of Hans Christian Andersen, born today in 1805 in Odense, Denmark.
Creator of The Little Match Girl, The Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Pea, he also wrote The Snow Queen, which was the inspiration for Disney's smash hit Frozen. Andersen based his story of The Ugly Duckling on his own experiences of growing up tall, gawky and just that little bit different.
While we remember him for his fairy tales, he wrote poems, plays, novels and travelogues on the side. Let's toast Denmark's most famous son with a Baltic Spring Punch, a floral creation named for the sea by which his country sits, along with, of course, Copenhagen's iconic Little Mermaid statue.
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