Hey Wayne you are futured on youtube!
I am sure you already know this!
But still that's cool!
So hey this is me again here reporting from Norwegian Christmas. I've been having a lot of fun seeing people I haven't seen for a while cathicng up and all that jazz. I swear, everyone is getting pregnant and engaged. Almost 5 years since high school already!
Anyways what I wanted to do is share a little about Christmas in this little country where I was born and raised. Boring for some maybe, but hey. You don't have to read this ok.
Norway is mostly protestant and it is even the official religion, but few people are actually religious about it. Still there is always a lot of talk about Jesus and angels and all that jazz this time of year. My grandmother just asked me and my brother tonight if we wanted to come to church tomorrow at Christmas Eve, but well no we really didn't and she said then she won't go either. So there you go. Even the grandmothers aren't maniac about that :)
24th is the big day here. Usually people just watch television for the first part of the day, and it is always the same shows running every year (amongst others this includes the one where donald duck and pluto gets a christmas tree, some Norwegian shows, a strange Czech version of Cinderella called Tri Orisky Pro Popelku and some boys choir singing Christmas songs). Then people start getting ready dressing up all nice. Some people go to church. Many people go and light torches and lanterns on graves (we do that). Then after that I guess many people have different traditions, but it mostly includes a big Christmas dinner and then later on opening presents together.
The Christmas dinner can be a lot of different stuff. My family has always had a big Turkey for Christmas Eve. The most common other traditions are Pork Ribs, Pinnekjøtt (salted, steamed meat) and Lutefisk (ugh). And then all sorts of stuff on the side, but I guess I can say that potatoes are big in Norway :P
The Norwegian version of Santa is called Julenissen and he is sortof a mix between the American Coca Cola santa and this garden gnome like creature from Norwegian mythology (they used to live on farms, taking care of the animals and you had to leave them stuff or they would fuck your farm up real bad). Oh and if there are kids it is normal for the Dad or some neighbour or whoever to dress up as Julenissen and come knocking on the door leaving some presents for the kids. Most kids are terrified :P
Oh and later at night when we open the presents we open them just one or two at the time. I know not everyone do it this way, but I'm pretty sure most do. I like it this way! I've heard of families where everyone just opens all their presents at once and eh....to me it wouldn't feel very respectful to the people who give you a present.
I know noone really reads the few times I write long like this, but some do and like it I think? Eh :)Anyways, what would be really cool was if you people could reply in the comments about the Christmas traditions in your home country and family. I know it's different in all the countries and even within countries, and I really do want to know! So if you want to, that would be really cool!
Merry Christmas :D