Norwegian Christmas

  • St Lucia Buns

    St Lucia buns, or lussekatter in Norwegian, are the traditional sweet breads of St Lucia Day, 13th of December. The literal translation of lussekatter is ‘Lucia cats’; this is because of the characteristic winding tail design. They are also called saffron buns because of the traditional use of saffron.

  • Quick Norwegian Rib For One

    Pork rib is one of the traditional meals at Christmas time in Norway. It is often eaten by Norwegians on Christmas day, but also throughout the dark season too. Norwegian rib is one of my favourite meals – it’s so good that I make it even when I’m dining by myself.

  • Coconut Macaroons

    Kokomakroner are one of the typical Norwegian Christmas cookies. They originated in Italy and somehow found their way into the Seven Sorts tradition. This recipe is like most others – quick and simple.

  • Norwegian Christmas

    Juletid (Christmas time) is a celebration of traditions and family in Norway. With the fall of winter snow and the wonderful displays of Northern Lights, Norwegians sit round their fire places, dance around the Christmas tree, enjoy rich food and share julefryd (Christmas cheer) with family, friends and in their communities. At this special time of year we are happy to share the Norwegian Christmas with you. We hope you will celebrate with us by having a little bit of Norway in your Christmas.

    Below is a link list of over 100 Christmas posts – recipes, activities and stories on this blog. Most of them are from the legacy website started in 2008, and more are added every season.

  • Farmor’s Pepperkaker

    Farmor doesn’t use recipes so it is mighty hard to get any kind of standard from her. For her pepperkaker recipe, she gave me a little sheet of paper with primitive-Norwegian writing (Farmor is actually from the Swedish part of Finland) with a simple method:

  • Advent Song

    Advent Season is the Christian “countdown” in celebration of Christmas day. Starting on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, a candle is lit and a hymn or poem is cited. On the following Sunday two candles are lit and so on, until the Sunday before Christmas.