Hope everyone’s winter holidays were lovely, just wanted to wish everyone a very happy new year! Of course, as with many celebrations, food can take center stage around the holidays. So in honor of holiday food-festivities, here’s a final glance at Norwegian Christmas and a peek at Norwegian New Year’s — but mostly a look at the food.
A nod to Christmas (foods)
I wish I’d gotten the chance to cover some more Norwegian Christmas traditions this year, apart from my blog about the nisser, that is (you can read a little more about other Norwegian Christmas traditions in last year’s Christmas post). For example, did you know that it’s traditional in Norway to not only celebrate on Christmas eve (December 24th) and Christmas Day (December 25th) but also on what this site calls ‘second Christmas’ (December 26th – known in many cultures as ‘Boxing Day’). Is that typical of your culture? Feel free to comment below and share! It is not typical of Americans, we stop celebrating after Christmas Day and start grouching at each other again (only jokes! …mostly jokes).
As a final nod at Christmas foods before moving on to New Year’s, please laugh at some American’s trying Norwegian Christmas specialities (from the US embassy in Oslo):
A look at New Year’s
According to some sites, Norway has a knack for revelries to celebrate the new year. If anyone experienced Norwegian new year celebrations and wants to share their experience, please do so in the comments section!
One website discussing Norwegian New Year’s traditions emphasizes that everyone, young and old, are encouraged to take part in New Year’s eve/day festivities with food, drinking and dancing – and trying to be at the best party in town. This all goes on till midnight when fireworks start. My own New Year’s had friends, theatre, and fireworks from the Space Needle (not so different).
New Year’s Day (Nyttarsdag) might also be celebrated with some traditional foods for New Year’s dinner. In the US, I’m not aware that we really have a New Year’s dinner, although I’ve heard of a southern tradition of eating black eyed peas, often representing prosperity and luck in the new year – in order to have the most possible good fortune, some say it is necessary to eat 365 black eyed peas on New Year’s Day. And yes, I did this (for the first time this year), not sure I got close to 365, though!
According to the aforementioned site, in Norway New Year’s dinner may contain the following:
A buffet of cold appetizers (koldt bord)
silde salat (a herring salad, here’s a recipe for it – you’ll need a translator app ready!)
smoked salmon and other fish
roast pork (recipe here) or goose
potatoes and vegetables
cakes and sweets
And of course, not to be forgotten, holiday beer will also be in the mix.