It’s that time of year again – when Norway is at its darkest, but also its most magical! I love Christmas in Norway, and I love how perfectly Norwegian Christmas here is. Norwegian Christmas is just so reliable – there are some things that are guaranteed to happen here every holiday season.
The mountains are covered in sparkly snow
It’s not always snowy in the cities, but the mountains in Norway are pretty much guaranteed a white Christmas. So if you’re longing for a white Christmas, you know where to head!
There’s an entire section in the supermarket dedicated to Christmas marzipan
Christmas marzipan is serious business here!
The sweet smell of lutefisk is in the air
Maybe sweet isn’t the word I was looking for there…
All your friends are stressing over buying outfits for their julebord, or “Christmas table” dinner parties
You’ll have one with your work colleagues, you’ll have one with your friends, you’ll have a special girls one with those same friends, and you’ll even have one with the people you watch football with.
Your fingers are swollen from rolling so many piping hot krumkaker
The insides of houses are so brightly lit you’re a tiny bit worried they’ve caught on fire
Norwegians always use a lot of lights, but during Christmas the love of lighting goes to an extreme – and good thing too, since this is also the darkest time of the year. However foreigners might be surprised to find that not many people here decorate the outside of their homes with lights – it’s all about the cozy interiors!
Everyone has deserted the cities for cabins in the mountains
As someone who lives in one of those mountain cabins year-round, Christmastime in the mountains is crazy – there are so many people!
Your cross-country skis are waxed and ready for a busy week in the snow
Everyone is buying tubs of a mysterious pink goop called medisterfarse
This one is still a mystery to me – I’m not even sure if it’s meant to be eaten or if people are using it to glue Christmas decorations together.
You’re drinking bright red julebrus, or “Christmas soda,” with every meal
And you’re probably enjoying that julebrus with a nice Christmas sausage, or a Christmas apple if you’re trying to be healthy.
Everything is red
The color of pretty much every Norwegian Christmas ornament ever made.
All your neighbors have tied bundles of Christmas wheat outside their homes for the birdies to snack on
Edit: A reader just informed me that it’s actually oats!
Milk cartons are suddenly covered with little Christmas elves
All that ever seems to be on TV these days is those Christmas calendar talk shows
Seriously, how do they manage to be on every single channel all the time?!
Norwegians are adding the word “Christmas” before every noun
Christmas soda, Christmas table, Christmas wheat, Chrismas marzipan, Christmas calendar, Christmas sausage, Christmas elves, Christmas cookies, Christmas apples…
What do you think – have I missed anything?