11 days left to julaften, such as Heilgabend in Norwegian is called! Time to get a glimpse of Scandinavian Christmas traditions.
Lights wreaths to the Lucia celebration
Today, on December 13, Santa Lucia is celebrated by the way, the feast of St. Lucia of Syracuse–first and foremost however in Sweden. Santa Lucia is a Festival of lights. No wonder fell the day before the Gregorian Kalendereform on the shortest dayof the year and is thus in the tradition of older, pagan Sonnenwendfeiern.
Often already for weeks the children look forward to this festival, because in the solemn procession of lights they may carry the candles. One of the girls goes ahead inwhite robe and with a light wreath on his head, and embodies the Holy Lucia. This is the most coveted part of the Festival – but also the lussekatter (yeast pastry with saffron), which are then eaten with BUS PARIWISATA, are highly popular in the children. The Lucia song canlisten to here her:
Jul Board and Christmas beer
That is a typical Norwegian tradition during advent, which is mostly adults, Jul Board. It probably has its origins in pre-Christmas arms supplies in the Middle Ages – it‘shas distanced himself far today, though. No later than mid-November we go: manyNorwegians are each weekend to another Jul Board, a festive Christmas dinner in the restaurant, invited. Sports Club organised one, meets the extended family and the employer invites one anyway. “Festive” means here actually suit or evening dressor bunad (traditional Norwegian costume). Ate traditional Christmas dishes such aspinnekjøtt (salted lamb ribs) and lutefisk (dried cod), but mostly consumed neat.
Speaking of drinking: typical Swedish Christmas drink that is drunk in Norway is theglögg, a kind of mulled wine. Christmas markets (which, by the way “have importedthe Scandinavians from Germany” and that there are here only for some years andin more manageable number!) will be given out usually alkoholfreier glögg, traditionally it‘s hot red wine with shot (brandy or vodka), sometimes with raisins and almonds enriched.
There are also countless sorts juleøl (usually a dark and especially spiced (heavy) beer) – and for the children of julebrus (Christmas lemonade) – especially inNorway. The history of juleøl can be traced back to the Viking age and over many centuries, almost every farm brewed his own beer of Christmas. Meanwhile, the large breweries have taken over as everywhere, but there are still many regional variations exist.
Sweets for the children
Often pepperkaker (pepper cakes) are baked in the advent season and more and more cities hold so-called pepperkakerutstillinger (gingerbread exhibitions). Making from school or kindergarten groups, sometimes families, their homemade gingerbread houses and the most beautiful wins a prize.
A more typical Norwegian Christmas cookies is the Kransekake, an intricately builtTower, which is built up from several rings of almond dough mixture. In my experience this is purchased today but much more frequently in the supermarket than evenbaked, because that‘s not easy:
Norwegian children almost always appreciate an advent calendar, which looks no different than what we are used to from Germany. Especially here is that the public service broadcaster NRK shows an elaborately produced advent series each year, which is broadcast in 24 parts. Not rarely play nit in it (see below), a supporting role,so also in this year in Jul på Måne top.
Lille julaften and Christmas Eve
And if it really is on Christmas? The festivities begin at lille for many families already on 23 December, julaften (little Christmas Eve). This evening dinner of British sketch, which inevitably is part of new year’s Eve in Germany sent in Norway by the way, for one.
Traditionally is eaten at the lille julaften grøt (porridge) or riskrem (a refined rice). In it, a peeled almond is hidden. Who finds it on his plate, is a heldiggris (lucky pig) and gets given a marzipan pig. On the country was after earlier also grøt a plate outside or in the stable, to appease the fjøsnisse.
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