|Preparations for the Christmas
Holiday is mostly taking place during December.
Most children have their "Christmas
calendar" with a little numbered window to
open each day. Usually it's a nice picture - or
even a small piece of chocolate. Some, with a skill in
handicrafts, even sew a calendar and attatch a small
parcel for each day.
The Christmas tree (usually a real one) is decorated
in the afternoon of December 23rd. Electric candlelights, small norwegian
paper-baskets are used, in addition to ordinary
decorating stuff. The parcels are usually placed under the tree
late in the evening when the children are asleep.
Lots of children hang up a
stocking in the livingroom (not every flat or house have a real fireplace anymore.......) and get
up very early on Dec. 24th. to see if Santa has
been there with some small gifts. (and so they will be occupied during the
is celebrating the "Christmas Eve", on December 24th. According to old traditions a meal of
"Christmas rice-porridge" is due at lunchtime.
Often an almond is hidden in the porridge. The lucky
one to find it, gets a marcipan pig or a chocolate as
reward. (quite a clever way to make children eat their
porridge !) Most people go to church at 4pm. And at 5pm.
all churchbells in Norway are chiming for "Christmas Peace".
dinner varies throughout the country; pork, steamed cod
or - the very norwegian "pinnekjøtt" (smoked and
dried ribs of sheep). Mostly this food is strong - and
therefore "neutralized" with beer and the
traditional norwegian "Aquavite" (a very strong liqueur made from potatoes). But traditions are
and young couples have a tendensy to change into a more
For dessert most people have the
traditional norwegian "Multebær" / Cloudberries - (yellow
berries growing in the mountains )- very expensive and
hard to find, or a dessert made from cold riceporridge
and whipped cream, served with a red fruitsauce.
|As the Christmas dinner is
"highlight" for adults, they often
create a "nightmare" for the children,
longing to open all the gifts placed under the tree. When the adults, after a
looooooong dinnertime, want to clear the table,
wash the dishes and serve coffe and all the
special "Christmas cookies", childrens
patience is vanishing very quickly . (in
addition they're supposed to be specially nice,
if they shall have a chance of getting anything
I suppose every norwegian person have
experienced the "sha'nt we open the gifts
now ?" Lots of children are visited by
Santa (while dad or an uncle is "out for a
minute".) Then all the gifts are handed out,
and for the rest of the Christmas Eve children
are playing with their new toys, while adults are
relaxing, drinking coffe, softdrinks and eating
cookies and other stuff.
The "Peace of Christmas" has at last arrived.
On Dec. 25th. (1. day of Christmas) a lot of people go to
church at 11 am. Most families sleep late in the morning
and have a "Christmas brunch" ; a lunch
containing lots of delicious food. Children are mostly
occupied with their new toys. For adults this
"brunch" can last most of the day. On the 2.
day of Christmas people often take a walk in the snowy
paths, children trying out their skies, skates etc. This
is the day for visiting family for dinner in the evening.
The 3. day of Christmas is not a holiday, but lots of
people take a vacation from Christmas to New Year.