by Ethan Bjelland
Norway House Marketing & Communications Manager
Norwegian Instructor—Mindekirken Norwegian Language & Culture Program and Concordia Language Villages
Norwegians celebrate Christmas (Jul) similarly to Americans, though there are marked differences in the specifics of many of the common traditions. Some of the typically Norwegian traditions are based on old, pagan practices that have lingered, some are Christian observances, and others are newer practices that have become traditions for most of Norway today.
Our Christmas season is dealt into five basic parts:
December, Advent, and Juletida
Lillejulaften (“Little Christmas Eve” - December 23)
Julaften (“Christmas Eve” - December 24)
Juledagen (“Christmas Day” - December 25)
Romjul & Nyttår (December 26-January 1)
December 24-26 are national Holidays, and many folks also take extra time off for the days before Christmas Eve and Romjul.
Starting on December 1st, we kick into gear to create as much kos or hygge in our lives as possible! We use the first three weeks of December to get into the spirit. Christmas markets, parties, and crafting are in full swing, some families host Advent dinners each Sunday, and Christmas calendars of all kinds are gifted to ring in the season.
Some decorations go up, though there is some discrepancy among Norwegians about when the actual tree should be put up. Generally speaking, most folks go shopping for their trees before Christmas, and tradition says we should decorate them on Lillejulaften, the day before Christmas Eve. Today, many will get them earlier in the month of December, and decorate them anywhere from one week to three weeks before Christmas Day.
We love Julekalendere. There’s no getting around it. Many of us in the United States are familiar with the chocolate Advent calendars with little doors to open once a day during the month of December. Each day a small picture, phrase, Bible verse, or treat is found. Some of us make them out of paper chains or light candles, and the retail industry has created countless other calendars from socks to wine for adults.
In Norway and much of Scandinavia, families will make their own Christmas calendars. We also enjoy our Christmas Calendar TV episodes. Yes, you read that right.
NRK and other TV channels in Norway air a Julekalender TV episode for children each night, December 1-24. This has been a tradition in Norway since the '70s. Because so many of the old ones are favorites or otherwise preferred by some viewers, we like to buy our favorites on DVD or stream the old ones year after year. NRK makes a new Julekalender every three years and chooses an “official” one to air in the off years. This year, the Julekalender is a new one, called Stjernestøv (“Stardust). Read more about Stjernestøv and other Julekalendere at the link below.
Julemarket + Julekonsert
There’s plenty to do leading up to Christmas. The streets are buzzing with Christmas markets selling goods by local makers and international gifts. Special sales from retailers are common in malls and shopping venues. Churches and concert venues are packed with Christmas concerts which are broadcast throughout the nation. It seems like every major pop star in Scandinavia has released a Christmas album and done a rotation on the various stages of Norway including the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, the Oslo Cathedral, and the Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø.
This year, we’re proud to support our friend Jardar Johansen, who has taken his Julekonsert across the ocean to Minneapolis for a few years. His 2019 concert from the Arctic Cathedral is available for streaming via the link below.
Jardar Johansen: "Julefred"
Juleverkstad + Julebord
We don’t just get together for Christmas dinner… No, we have Christmas dinners and parties throughout the month! It’s common to be invited to Julebord weekly with your friends. Sometimes they’re formal dinners with family or friends, and sometimes they’re informal parties with White Elephant gifts and appetizers. Really, the bars and restaurants are also rather full during this time, with impromptu get-togethers to try to newest seasonal ales and skål with the neighbors.
Another way that we like to get together in Norway is to bake and do crafts together in preparation for the holidays. We host “Christmas Workshops” (juleverkstad) to make decorations and ornaments, wrap gifts, and bake cookies together in a festive environment with treats and music.
You cannot have Christmas without a gazillion baked goods. Norwegian lore holds that no less than seven types of cookies should be available in your home when guests come to visit. We would try to include a list of common cookies for you, though none of us can settle on one that is truly universal. In fact, it’s quite a contentious subject for Norwegian-Americans as well—here are just too many favorites! The Norwegian American has complied an ongoing list of great recipes in their Taste Section’s “Cookie Extravaganza” this December, and we’ve shared that link below.
One of the more unique traditions of recent has been the creation of Pepperkakebyer, or Gingerbread Cities, in many Norwegian towns. Families, schools, businesses, and professional bakers create familiar structures from their cities out of Gingerbread. The largest of these Gingerbread Cities is in Bergen. In fact, it’s the largest in the world, featuring thousands of structures each year. We host our own pepperkakeby at Norway House called “Gingerbread Wonderland.” This year, you can view the entire exhibit online for only $5!
While much more connected to Swedish tradition, Norwegians also celebrate St. Lucia Day in a similar fashion. on December 13th or the Advent Sunday closest, girls dressed in white gowns with wreaths of candles atop their head, wake you up with singing and lussekatter—saffron Lucia Buns. The tradition is also marked with a pageant of children singing Christmas songs to ring in the holiday season. The Lucia Song in Norwegian is quite beautiful, and the lyrics go like this:
Svart senker natten seg
i stall og stue.
Solen har gått sin vei,
Inn i vårt mørke hus
stiger med tente lys—
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia
Darkly descends the night
in both stable and home.
The sun has gone its way,
the shadows loom.
Into our dark house,
with growing candlelight—
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia.
This word means, roughly, “Christmas Spirit.” We’re always trying to create a nice stemning for ourselves and our guests, especially around the holidays. Here are a few other miscellaneous ways that we get in the Christmas Spirit before Christmas Day.
Tealights & Sun-Lamps
It can get pretty dark around this time, and there’s significantly less sunlight the further you go North. Sun-lamps are important to help with your Vitamin D levels. Also, we love our tealights. It’s no wonder IKEA has a whole, giant section of candles in their stores—Scandinavians go crazy for votives and tea-lights to get their Christmas Hygge on. There have, not surprisingly, been an uptick in housefires during the holidays in Norway as of late…
Juleøl & julebrus
Just like in Minnesota, land of 10,000 breweries, Norwegian brewers make tons of seasonal beers for the holidays. It’s very common for folks to look forward to their favorite beers to share at home or at a bar. But we also have special NA spiced sodas that come out each year in Norway, called Julebrus. The flavors range slightly and are usually brown or red in color. Only a few of these sorts of sodas are available in the United States. IKEA’s Julmust comes out in stores across the world, and an American version called Grandpa Lindquist’s Christmas Soda is sometimes available at Nordic Imports stores.
Red & White
Christmas colors in Norway are Red and White rather than Red and Green.
Straw Ornaments, Julenek, and Julebukk
Pagan tradition holds that straw had magical properties. You were more susceptible to evil spirits during times of high pith and moment. Old Nordics used to spread straw on the floor during jul. Today, the straw tradition is observed through ornaments on our trees, decorated straw goats called Julebukker, and Julenek—bundles of straw and seeds left outside on trees or a pole for birds and other fauna to feed from. The Christmas goat is also related to another old tradition that is seldom practiced in Norway today. In some small towns, folks dress in costumes and go door-to-door with a goat-head effigy on a stick, singing Christmas songs, and warding off spirits to prepare for jul.
Norwegians have time off from work, so of course, we read. And perhaps, even more typically Norwegian, we read a lot of crime fiction novels. Only to be beaten by Easter book sales, crime novels and novellas are also released for Christmas vacation each year en masse. Some have holiday themes and some don’t, but it’s unavoidable. You may also see an uptick in crime and mystery shows and movies on TV during this time—especially from the UK.
Mulled wine is a holiday tradition in a lot of countries. In Norway, we call it “Gløgg.” It’s generally made from dry red wine, mulling spices, sugar, and added liquor. You can buy pre-made gløgg in stores and mix it with alcohol or drink it without. Or you can make it at home, quite easily. While there are many “recipes” to be found online and every one of us feels like an expert gløgg maker, here’s what you need to know to get started:
Buy a couple of bottles of cheap, dry red wine. You’ll be sweetening later with plenty of sugar and flavors, so it doesn’t need to be the highest quality. Bring it to a soft boil in a pot on the stove or a crockpot, and then turn down the heat.
Gather your favorite mulling spices. You can put them in a tea sachet or strain them later. It’s easier to use whole spices, but it’s not necessary. Common spices are cinnamon, anise, cardamom, allspice, cloves, and ginger. We like to add orange slices, too.
Add 2/3 cup of sugar per bottle of wine to start off with. You can always add more sugar. Some of us like it sweeter and will add 1 cup to 1.5 cups of sugar per bottle.
Add liquor. Usually, we add brandy or cognac. Vodka or Aquavit is also common, but we’ve seen the gambit of personal recipes calling for “whatever’s in the house.” Generally, start with a regular 750ml bottle per two bottles of wine and go from there.
Find the balance: Sugar, Liquid, Heat. As you continue to heat the concoction, the alcohol will burn off and the sugar will take over. Keep taste testing until you get your favorite consistency of sweet, spicy, and alcohol.
Serve with slivered almonds and raisins. It’s nice to find a little fruit and nuts in the bottom of your cup! Gløgg keeps well in the fridge, too. You can reuse your wine bottles or jar up your mulled wine to heat and serve later.
The day before Christmas Eve is called “Little Christmas Eve,” and it’s steeped in almost as much tradition as the coming days. If you haven’t already started a long Christmas vacation from work or school, you might consider taking the day off on December 23rd to make sure that you’ve got everything ready for Christmas. Lillejulaften is the day that you decorate your Christmas tree (if you haven’t already), you clean the house, and you make sure that your pork ribbe is salted or your lamb pinnekjøtt is soaking.
Some make risgrøt for dinner on lillejulaften, and others wait to eat it with lunch on the 24th. Either way, you need to make enough risgrøt for Riskrem on Julaften and for the Julenisse the night before Julemorgen!
Okay, okay, okay… backing up. Risgrøt or Risengrynsgrøt is a sweet rice porridge. It’s served with butter and cinnamon or cardamom. We hide a single almond in the serving dish. If you find the almond in your serving, you get a marzipan pig. The leftovers are used to make riskrem, another type of porridge eaten on Christmas Eve with a red berry sauce. Leftovers for the Julenisse are also left out after we go to bed on Christmas Eve. Traditionally, Julenisser lived on your farm or in your neighborhood. They’re like little happy-looking gnomes or trolls. If you didn’t leave any porridge for them, they would play tricks on your home. Today, Julenisse has become synonymous with Santa Clause, but the lore of the fjøsnisse or traditional farm-nisse has lived on in other ways.
The Same Procedure as Every Year
After we’ve cleaned and decorated on lillejulaften, we like to sit down and—you guessed it!—watch some TV. NRK airs a special program called “The Evening before the Evening,” (Kvelden før kvelden) with guest performances and activities. And at the end of the evening, we watch “Dinner for One.” Now this might be one of the weirdest traditions. It’s a black-and-white short, produced in Germany, in English, about a birthday party… And it’s oddly one of the biggest Christmastime traditions in Norway, aired on lillejulaften.
It features an elderly lady (Miss Sophie) who imagines she has several late friends assembled for a (birthday) dinner party that’s faithfully carried out by her manservant, James. When faced with raising a skål with every single imaginary guest (and becoming intoxicated in the process), James asks Miss Sophie, ‘The same procedure as every year, madame?’ To which she admonishes, ‘The same procedure as EVERY year, James.’
In fact, you’ll probably hear that quote pretty often on lillejulaften in Norway.
Christmas Eve is the hey-day of the year spent with family and friends. We tend to wake up to a nice breakfast and watch Disney cartoons together while we enjoy the last of our Christmas Calendar treats and the last bits of quiet before everyone shows up at your home for festivities in the afternoon.
Some families spend the early part of the day at a church service, some visit the graves of their deceased with candles and flowers at the graveyard, and some just watch their favorite Christmas shows on TV. A common Christmas favorite, perhaps equally as weird as “Dinner for One,” is “Three Wishes for Cinderella,” (Tre nøtter til Askepott). It’s a Czech-Slovak and East German film from 1975 that is so well-liked in Norway, that we invested heavily in its digital-remastering in the 2000s so we could watch it more clearly and even more frequently, every Christmas Eve.
At 5:00 pm in some towns, church bells ring, signaling the start of Christmas Eve festivities.
Ribbe? Pinnekjøtt? LUTEFISK?!
Lavish Christmas dinners are made, filling the table. Christmas beers, gløgg, champagne, and akevitt are served alongside the meal. There is an age-old battle between the two most popular main courses in Norwegian Christmas: Ribbe and Pinnekjøtt. If you’re from East and Central Norway, Ribbe is more common. It’s a beautifully salted and seasoned pork-belly rib, festively cross-cut and served almost like a piece of sheet cake. If you’re from the cost, you may be more prone to enjoy Pinnekjøtt on Christmas Eve—salted and smoked lamb ribs, soaked overnight so the salt eases off, leaving a fall-off-the-bone delicious lamb feast served with mashed root vegetables. Both require intense preparation, and a Takk for maten is more than deserved for the chef and host.
Now, before we start to get emails from our Rakfisk and Lutefisk -loving Norwegians, let us be clear: these are the two most popular dishes for Christmas in Norway. Especially on the Northern coasts, one may also enjoy Lutefisk (whitefish preserved in a lye-mixture, extensively soaked and boiled, and served with white sauce, drawn butter, or bacon fat with peas on the side), or Rakfisk (any kind of fermented fish with salads and a variety of cold delicacies, often put on bread or lefse), on Christmas Eve. Perhaps we hold some bias, but, “to each, their own.”
Singing + Presents
We open presents on Christmas Eve, not Christmas Day. Whether you do it before the meal or after is up to your family or friend-group, but you must sing! And probably dance, too—in a ring around the Christmas Tree.
In the old days, folks used to light little candles on the Christmas tree. Some will still do this, or at least make a big deal out of turning the lights on. But the main event is the singing. If you have space to put the tree in the middle of the room, everyone takes each others’ hands and we sing special Christmas songs in a circle around the tree. There are also actions to these songs that all of us learn as a part of our preschool and elementary school curricula, so it can sort of seem like an inside joke at first, but we love teaching newbies our weird traditions.
It’s likely that some folks will have too much to drink at this point—pranks tend to ensue. Norwegians have very strict laws about drinking and driving, so we often have a few friends who stay the night to be safe—and any good Norwegian knows when they have to hand over their keys to the host.
Here are a few to get you started!
Christmas Day is pretty laid back. Actually, in Norway, we also call December 25th, "Første juledagen,” or the First Day of Christmas, because we keep celebrating Christmastime into the New Year.
On Christmas Day, you can probably look forward to a really nice Christmas brunch and some folks wait to open their Christmas stockings.
Romjul means literally, “The Space for Christmas.” After Christmas Day (the first day of Christmas), the twelve days of Christmas (through January 5), are historically recognized to be part of the Christmas season. Parties, julebord, and julemarketer resume. Some folks will not take down their tree until the 5th of January, and some older traditions also include a Hellig-tre-kongers-lys (right) that is lit each night for the twelve days of Christmas in honor of the Three Kings who followed the North Star to the birth of Jesus, ending on the “Three Kings Eve,” January 5th.
Mostly, folks enjoy parties and more Christmas festivities, a typical Western New Year celebration, and plenty of skiing and outdoor activities with friends and family.
What are 3 Christmas traditions in Norway? ›
- Heart-Shaped Everything. When it comes to Norwegians' preferred choice of Christmas decorations, heart shapes are by far the most popular. ...
- Decorating the tree on December 23. ...
- Christmas Markets Are Everywhere. ...
- The Main Celebrations are on Christmas Eve. ...
- Private Dinners on Christmas Day.
Hide Your Brooms
The Norwegians take superstition to a new level on Christmas eve. It's said that on the day before Christmas, people across the country should hide their brooms in their closets, as evil spirits and witches awake on this night and will take them to ride across the country if they are not hidden.
Saying Merry Christmas in Norwegian is a bit different from English. Norwegian people say, “God Jul!” and not “Merry Christmas.”How do you say Merry Christmas in Norway? ›
“god jul!”What are 5 Christmas traditions? ›
We have many tried-and-true Christmas traditions in the United States: decorating your Christmas tree, baking holiday cookies, and opening Christmas presents, to name a few. Some more modern traditions include watching Christmas movies and keeping up with The Elf on the Shelf.What food is eaten on Christmas in Norway? ›
In Norway, two traditional dishes are contenders for the most popular Christmas dinners – “ribbe” (pork rib) and “pinnekjøtt” (lamb or mutton rib). Whilst the former has been the overall prime choice for years, the popularity of pinnekjøtt grows for each passing year.What common household item do Norwegians traditionally hide on Christmas Eve before going to bed? ›
Hide your broom – Norway
Norwegians once believed that witches and evil spirits would come out on Christmas Eve, and families started hiding their brooms, mops and brushes before going to bed on Christmas Eve so that the witches couldn't steal them.
The most popular Christmas Eve dinner is the ribbe (pork ribs or pork belly, bone in), but lutefisk (cod cured in lye), pinnekjøtt (dry-cured ribs of lamb), boiled cod, ham roast and turkey are also common dishes.What are some fun facts about Christmas in Norway? ›
Most of the Norwegians eats RIBBE (pig), PINNEKJØTT (lamb) or LUTEFISK (fish) at the Christmas Eve. In days after Christmas Eve it´s a tradition that children dress up in crazy costumes and walk in the neighborhood and sings Christmas songs. In return, they get candy. The Norwegian word for Santa Claus is JULENISSE.What do Norwegians drink on Christmas? ›
Aquavit. As for alcoholic beverages, the top Norwegian spirit drink is definitely Aquavit, also often called Akvavit. This Norwegian liquor is derived from potatoes and grain and is traditionally consumed during celebrations like Christmas and weddings.
What is the most common greeting said during Christmas? ›
- Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
- Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
- Unwrap yourself a joyful Christmas!
- Have a holly, jolly Christmas!
- Merry Christmas with lots of love.
- The best present one can hope for this year is to spend time together.
The character of Santa Claus is based on St. Nicholas, a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop, venerated for his altruism.Why is Christmas on the 24th in Norway? ›
Celebrating on the 24th of December
It is, in fact, a part of the Nordic culture to celebrate most holidays on the eve of. The reason for this is the way the Nordic countries used to measure time and dates. Based on ancient ways of counting time, a day would typically start after sundown.
There are two official languages in Norway: Norwegian (Nynorsk and Bokmål) and Sami. The Sami people have been living in northern Scandinavia for thousands of years, but they speak their own language, which is closely related to Finnish but also includes elements from other languages.What food is eaten on Christmas? ›
Traditional Christmas dinner features turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetables. Other types of poultry, roast beef, or ham, are also used. Pumpkin or apple pie, raisin pudding, Christmas pudding, or fruitcake are staples for dessert.Why do we not eat meat on Christmas Eve? ›
The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat on the eve of a feast day. As no meat or animal fat could be used on such days, observant Catholics would instead eat fish (typically fried in oil).What are Norway's Christmas colors? ›
Red & White
Christmas colors in Norway are Red and White rather than Red and Green.
The most popular dishes are smoked salmon, followed by scrambled eggs and brawn. Norwegians put time and thought into the Christmas breakfasts. The family has time to sit down at the table for many hours and enjoy themselves, and “breakfast” often lasts all day.
Norway and Finland usually sit down for dinner between 4pm and 5pm. The meal, also known as middag, typically consists of a hearty stew like Fårikål, or a combination of meatballs and gravy called kjøttkaker. Nearby countries, such as Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands, enjoy dinner right after 5pm.Do Norwegians hang stockings at Christmas? ›
Although Norwegians don't use stockings, their Julekalenders do feature them as gift holders. Vidar's wife fashioned a calendar similar to this one. Hanging calendar pockets or envelopes from tree branches, especially curly Witch Hazel, is common.
Do Norwegians give gifts on Christmas? ›
Christmas presents from close family members and close friends are common among the Norwegians; the presents will normally be stored under the Christmas tree and then after dinner and the walk around the Christmas tree, they will be opened.What do Norwegians snack on? ›
- Knekkebrød. (Crispbread)
- Muslibrød med Brunost. (Muesli bread with brown cheese) ...
- Krembolle. (Cream ball) ...
- Skolebrød. (Schoolbread) ...
- Kanelbolle. (Cinnamon bun) ...
Do Norwegians go to Church on Christmas? On Christmas Eve, (julaften), Norwegians flocks to church. Many Norwegians, Christian or not, go to church to meet with other locals and to sing Christmas carols before the big Christmas dinner in the evening.What do Norwegians have for lunch? ›
It doesn't have to be complicated. The traditional Norwegian matpakke consists of slices of freshly baked bread (often as open-faced sandwiches) with a favourite pålegg (fillings and toppings), and maybe a few slices of fruit or vegetables, or berries.What food is Norway famous for? ›
Fårikål is widely considered to be the national dish of Norway. It's a simple but hearty Norwegian dish made with lamb, cabbage, and potatoes. Fårikål is a seasonal Norwegian dish that's traditionally consumed during Norway's colder months, starting in September, to welcome autumn.What is the most famous custom about Christmas in Norway? ›
Maybe the most famous custom about Christmas in Norway is the big Christmas Tree that Norway gives to the UK every year. The tree is given as a present to say 'thank you' for the help that the people of the UK gave to Norway during World War II.Where is home for Christmas in Norway? ›
The series takes place in Oslo, with winter scenes taking place in the copper mining town Røros. Unexpected warmth resulted in snow being transported from Røros Airport to create the winter scenes. It was produced by the Oslo Company, and financed and distributed by Netflix as an original series.Why do Norway give us a Christmas tree every year? ›
The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is given by the city of Oslo as a token of Norwegian gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during the years 1940–1945. A tree has been given annually since 1947. The tree lighting ceremony takes place on the first Thursday in December each year.What is Norway's national dish? ›
Mutton and cabbage stew, or “fårikål” in Norwegian, has repeatedly been named Norway's national dish. It even has its own festive day on the last Thursday in September. Throughout the autumn months, people all around the country arrange lamb stew parties.What fish is served at Norwegian Christmas dinner? ›
Juletorsk: Poached cod
It has a relatively modern feel to it with the butter sauce called Sandefjordsmør, but fish for Christmas Eve dates all the way back to before 1536, when Norway was Catholic, since you were not allowed to eat meat during the fast from Dec 1st until Dec. 25th.
What do Norwegians drink for breakfast? ›
Norwegians tend to have orange juice (appelsinjuice) or milk (melk) with their breakfast, but the coffee (kaffe) would be number one drinking product in Scandinavia.What is a famous Christmas quote? ›
"Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever."What are 3 different ways to say Merry Christmas? ›
- Happy Christmas.
- Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
- Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year. ...
- Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year. ...
- Season's Greetings.
- Holiday Greetings.
- Happy Holidays.
- Season's Greetings and best wishes for the New Year.
“May the true spirit of Christmas shine in your heart and light your path.” "Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas." "May God bless and keep you during the holiday season and all through the year." "May God bless your life with love and joy this holiday season."What country is Santa's last stop? ›
To stay ahead of the clock, Santa travels west, beginning in the South Pacific, then New Zealand and Australia. Next, he shoots up to Japan, over to Asia, across to Africa, then on to Europe before crossing the Atlantic to Canada and the United States. Finally, he flies south to Mexico and Central and South America.What is Santa's real name? ›
Santa Claus—otherwise known as Saint Nicholas or Kris Kringle—has a long history steeped in Christmas traditions.Does Santa have a kid? ›
Although Santa and Mrs. Claus almost never have children in any of their many depictions, there is at least one Christmas Burlesque musical from 1892 that features Kitty Claus, the daughter of Santa.What are some short Christmas sayings? ›
- Home is where Christmas is.
- Season's Greetings.
- Comfort and Joy.
- Christmas is coming.
- Keep calm and jingle all the way.
- All I want for Christmas is you.
- Believe in the magic of Christmas.
- Love is the true spirit of Christmas.
- "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"
- "Season's Greetings! And best wishes for the New Year.
- “I hope your holiday is full of love, peace and joy!”
- "Merry Christmas! ...
- “Merry Christmas! ...
- “Wishing you peace and joy all season long. ...
- “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!”
- “Merry Christmas!
- Let's Eat, Drink & Be Merry.
- Merry everything and a happy always.
- Merry & Bright.
- Warm and cozy holiday wishes.
- Cheers to the New Year!
- Peace. Love. Joy.
- Ho Ho Ho!
Why 24th is called Christmas Eve? ›
History of Christmas Eve
The tradition of celebrating Christmas Eve derives partly from Christan liturgy starting at sunset, which is inherited from Jewish tradition and based on the Book of Genesis's Story of Creation, saying the first day starts in the evening and ends in the morning.
In most European countries, gifts are exchanged on Christmas Eve, December 24, in keeping with the notion that the baby Jesus was born on the night of the 24th. The morning of December 25, however, has become the time for the exchange of gifts in North America.Can I talk English in Norway? ›
English is widely spoken in Norway, and virtually every Norwegian can speak fluent (or understand a minimum of, this is mostly the elder people) English. Tourist information is usually printed in several languages.Can Americans go to Norway? ›
As of February 12, 2022, the travel-restrictions upon entry into Norway were lifted. The same rules as prior to the COVID-19 pandemic apply.Do they speak English in Norway? ›
English, a foreign language, is the second most widely spoken language in Norway. As of 2013, there are 4.5 million English-speakers (approximately 88% of the Norwegian population).What are the main tradition in Norway? ›
Norwegians celebrate their National Day on May 17, dedicated to the Constitution of Norway. Many people wear bunad (traditional costumes) and most participate in or watch the Norwegian Constitution Day parade, consisting mostly of children, through the cities and towns.
Most of the Norwegians eats RIBBE (pig), PINNEKJØTT (lamb) or LUTEFISK (fish) at the Christmas Eve. In days after Christmas Eve it´s a tradition that children dress up in crazy costumes and walk in the neighborhood and sings Christmas songs. In return, they get candy. The Norwegian word for Santa Claus is JULENISSE.What are the 3 main Christmas colors? ›
The top 3 Christmas colors are red, green, and white. But there are many other colors that you can add to bring sparkle to your Christmas decorations. Each color has a special meaning and plays an important role in representing what this holiday is all about.How do they celebrate Christmas in Norway? ›
On Christmas Eve (24 December) most Norwegians gather for a traditional meal and the opening of presents, and sometimes Father Christmas will pay them a visit. All in all, the whole country is an ongoing huge festival of lights that keeps on shining for weeks after New Year's Eve to preserve that fairy tale spirit.What is Norway traditional food? ›
Fårikål (Norwegian National Dish)
Fårikål is widely considered to be the national dish of Norway. It's a simple but hearty Norwegian dish made with lamb, cabbage, and potatoes. Fårikål is a seasonal Norwegian dish that's traditionally consumed during Norway's colder months, starting in September, to welcome autumn.
What is the traditional dress of Norway? ›
culture of Norway
The national costume, the bunad, is characterized by double-shuttle woven wool skirts or dresses for women, accompanied by jackets with scarves. Colourful accessories (e.g., purses and shoes) complete the outfit.
The coast is magical during winter, with snow-covered mountain tops and fresh crisp air. In North Norway, you're likely to see the northern lights dancing across the sky. On Christmas Eve, all the ships are docked, so you can attend a local Christmas service if you like.What is Santa's first name? ›
Santa Claus—otherwise known as Saint Nicholas or Kris Kringle—has a long history steeped in Christmas traditions.What does Sweden drink and eat on Christmas? ›
Each Sunday until Christmas, a candle is lit (and blown out after a while), until all four candles are alight. And on each of these Sundays, many Swedes enjoy glögg – a hot, spicy mulled wine with blanched almonds and raisins – and pepparkakor (gingerbread biscuits).What is the most popular Christmas tradition? ›
Decorate the tree
Whether you get a real tree or a fake one, creating a perfect tree is a classic Christmas activity. Complete with lights, tinsel, baubles and ornaments, Christmas trees are one of the most traditional symbols of the holiday season.