From the Hans Christian Andersen biography "The Life of Hans Christian Andersen. Day By Day", written by DPhil Johan de Mylius:
Election day. HCA is troubled by the success of the "revolutionary" men of the "Venstre" party (farmers agitating for influence).
17 November 1873
Wins 500 rdl. in the lottery (has been whining for years about the lack of a windfall from the lottery, although he has had a small win earlier).
Cuts pictures from English magazine booklets sent to him by Reitzel. The pictures are to be used for a folding screen.
Christmas Eve is spent in the apartment in Nyhavn with Erik Lassen Oksen, a student of theology. HCA had in fact anticipated;
"a quiet evening, with no Christmas tree or visitors - yes, if only my muse would surprise me with a visit, after all this time, now that would be a surprise! But she does not come"
(letter to Henriette Collin, 23rd)
Oksen and Matthias Weber (another student of theology) also celebrate New Year's Eve with HCA.