In 2012, I spent my first European Christmas in Trondheim, Norway with my partner’s family. The average temperature in December is about -6 degrees – perfect for snow. This was going to be my first white Christmas.
When we arrived at his family home just before Christmas. The countryside was covered in white snow, but alas, on Christmas day it didn’t snow. But, that’s ok, because it was mostly snow covered already, I’m classing this as a white Christmas!
I did get to enjoy dressing up for a traditional Christmas Eve dinner. Everyone puts on a nice dress or suit. Many even wear the traditional “bunad” costume. Dinner itself features pork in at least four different ways. It was wonderful to experience another culture’s traditions. Some people also eat “pinnekjøtt”, a really salty lamb chop, which I still need to try homemade version of (I don’t think Ikea cafeteria pinnekjøtt counts).
Unlike in Australia, Santa actually comes to your house while you’re awake to deliver the presents. The little ones love this the most, but they get are getting smarter every generation and at 3 1/2 years old are already questioning why Santa wears nail polish.
Just like Australia, Christmas is full of alcohol and by the end of the week I definitely needed to detox both from the drink and the pork.
Where have you celebrated the holiday season?