From all of us to all of you
Many Norwegians grow up to the tune of Disney’s Christmas greeting “From all of us to all of you.” It certainly fills some of the waiting time for the children. Many grown-ups swear to that Christmas proper isn’t before they’ve listened to “Sølvguttene” on NRK.
Most countries in the world, especially those imbued with British traditions, hold off the celebration to Christmas Day. Norway is an exception by holding up the ancient Yule blòt tradition with a big family dinner on Christmas Eve. Although Christianity ”highjacked” the pagan celebration of the winter solstice, they failed in conquering the whole celebrations.
Christmas Eve is celebrated by most with a lavish dinner of pork rib, pinnekjøtt or lutefisk.
After digesting the heavy food, washed down with beer and aquavit, it is time for the children. High time to unwrap those gifts from Santa Claus!
Today, Norway is a diverse country with influence from many other cultures, turkey has, as an example, been added to the foods, albeit served by most on New Year’s Eve. This and other foreign influences have been added to the mainly Norse, Christian and Jewish traditions.
On behalf of the editors and other contributors to Norway Today, we will wish for a happy season to all our readers, wherever you may be.
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That is about all we have to say for now except for:
“En riktig gledelig Jul til dere alle”
Tor-Ingar Østerud & Pieter Wijnen
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