The Norwegians’ also have their own take on mulled wine. “Gløgg” is usually made up of hot red wine and/or aquavit, sugar, and spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and bitter orange. The drink is served with almonds and raisins. Children get a non-alcoholic version made with fruit juice instead of wine.
The chubby, generous and kind Santa Claus has become a central part of the modern Norwegian Christmas celebration. “Fjøsnissen” (the barn elf) is a more mischievous and slightly sinister character that was important when Norway was still a farming community.
You’d be well advised to stay friends with this short, bearded guy. If treated well, he would help make sure that the farm prospered. If unhappy with the swing of things, however, he could exercise the most brutal forms of revenge, such as striking the dairy cattle dead.
This is why farmers used to bring rice porridge and home-brewed beer to the barn every Christmas, a tradition that continues on Norwegian farms to this day.
16 November– 30 December
(Closed 24 and 25 December)
Winter Wonderland in Spikersuppa, Oslo
The designers’ own Christmas market at DOGA, Oslo
30 November–1 December
Maihaugen’s Christmas market, Lillehammer
30 November–1 December and 7–8 December
Norsk Folkemuseum’s annual Christmas fair, Oslo
Christmas market in Røros
28 November–22 December
Bergen Christmas market
Christmas market in Trondheim
28 November–8 December
Christmas market Haugesund
1 November–22 December
Pre-Christmas fun in Henningsvær, Lofoten
Christmas market in Egersund
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Read up on everything Norwegians do and eat before and during the holiday season.
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