To Scandinavians, rice pudding means comfort, winter and probably Christmas. In Denmark, though, we don't just eat it at Christmas, we eat it all through the cold, dark month.
The main difference between British rice pudding and Nordic pudding is that we don't put that much sugar in the actual porridge, nor nutmeg - and we cook it on the stove top, rather than in the oven. Our chosen topping is cinnamon sugar and a knob of butter. Therefore, it can be a meal it itself, or breakfast or a treat for pudding.
In Scandinavia, rice pudding is also traditionally eaten at Christmas. In Denmark, bowls of hot rice pudding is often left out in the barns or attics for the 'Nisser' - the little house elves that we have to treat with extra gentle care during the festive seasons, or they will play tricks on us during the rest of the year (house elves are the ones who hide your remote control and steal your socks... Now you know).
Ris a la Mandes is a dish that is made from cold rice pudding. This dish is only served at the actual Christmas table. It is made with whipped cream and almonds, as well as cold pudding.