By T. Tvedt
Christmas has always been my favourite holiday and that is mostly because of the traditions that we have. I have so many happy memories from those that I can’t wait to do them again next year. There are so many traditions, which get everyone into a Christmas mood.
Firstly, everyone celebrates Christmas. Everyone from every religion celebrates together. The traditions start around the fifth of December, when students decorate their classrooms with Christmas lights. Prep school children also make Santas and stars out of paper and glue them on classroom windows and teachers play Christmas songs while they’re working quietly. December in Norway is known for the snow and the coldness so sitting inside with a cup of hot chocolate is the best. It’s also very dark outside, as the sun never fully comes up. It’s just light for a few hours in the middle of the day, and then it gets dark again.
Normally, everyone buys or makes a Christmas calendar, where you receive one gift every day for all 24 days. I’ve always bought a chocolate calendar, receiving a chocolate every day. Baking gingerbread cookies and houses with your family is another tradition that everyone does. Like in Brazil, we decorate the tree together with our families but not necessarily on the 1st of December.
There are several tv-shows that play during Christmas, with one new episode every day. Earlier it has been about blue and red Santas: “Jul i Blåfjell” and “Jul på Månetoppen”. This is Christmas on the top of the moon (Månetoppen is the name of a place). The red Santas live in farms and the blue Santas live in a mountain called Blåfjell. Those are the two of the most famous ones that are no longer streamed. “Jul i Svingen” is also one that everyone loves, yet this is the last year it will be on TV. On the 23rd, we watch “Grevinnen og Hovmesteren” (or as it is called in English: Dinner for One) and it has been aired for multiple years, being made in Germany in 1963.
In Norway we don’t celebrate on Christmas day, but on Christmas Eve. On the 24th, the first thing we do is to turn on the TV and watch Christmas movies on that one TV-channel. After that we eat a nice and big breakfast. Then it’s time for those who are religious to get ready to go to church, you should wear the same clothes as you’re going to wear when you get home. After that there is the official celebration, where everyone gathers around the tree and sings songs while walking around it. Finally, we eat delicious cakes and other foods together, opening all the presents that were under the tree.
Link to grevinnen og hovmesteren (Dinner for One): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT9CHmKroXM