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12 facts about Norwegian Christmas traditions


  1. The time between 1st and 24th of December, is called ADVENTSTID.
  2. To make the waiting time shorter, children (and adults) gets a calendar with a gift or chocolate to open every day in this period.
  3. JUL is the official Norwegian word for Christmas
  4. In December, we have the darkest time of the year. Luckily, we have Christmas lights!
  5. In November and December friends and families comes together for Christmas party. We call it julebord or juletrefest. We walk around the Christmas tree, singing Christmas songs and eat Christmas food, and enjoy life.
  6. Some of the preparations for Christmas is baking seven varieties of cookies: PEPPEKAKER, SERINAKAER, KRUMKAKE, to just name a few.
  7. While the rest of the world celebrate Christmas Day, we in Scandinavian celebrate Christmas on 24th of December, Christmas Eve
  8. Most of the Norwegians eats RIBBE (pig), PINNEKJØTT (lamb) or LUTEFISK (fish) at the Christmas Eve.
  9. 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.
  10. The Norwegian word for Santa Claus is JULENISSE.
  11. On Christmas Eve, we give the Santa Claus JULEGRØT: rice porridge with sugar, cinnamon and butter.
  12. In Bergen, a Norwegian city at the west coast, we´ll find the world largest city – built in gingerbread. This year they celebrate 25th anniversary.


So, how many Norwegian words do you now know?!