As with much of Europe – the true Christmas festivities in Norway begin with Christmas Eve. Many families will gather together to go to church during the day and then spend the evening at home enjoying dinner and opening gifts.
A celebration is not complete without a good meal. One of the most popular Christmas Eve dinners is pork, but some families enjoy other traditions such as fish or other meats. The pork is often served with boiled potatoes and sweet red cabbage.
For dessert, many families will include hot rice pudding. This can be served with sugar, cinnamon and butter. Some even make a game of it by hiding an almond within the pudding and if you find the almond in your portion, you win a prize.
With the Christmas meal, Norwegians will often drink gløgg. Some may know this as mulled wine – a warm and delicious beverage. Many people enjoy this special drink with gingerbread cookies.
Why not try a little taste of Norway yourself at home this Christmas; get little ones in the kitchen to assemble these Norwegian festive biscuits and keep the biscuits well in stock throughout the season.
There are many varieties of Christmas men. This is of the soft variety, delicious with a glass of milk. Christmas Men are easy to make; there are few ingredients and they do not take long to bake.
100 g melted butter (cool off before adding it in the dough)
1.5 cups of sugar
1 cup of whole milk
1 ts of salt of hartshorn (baking powder can be used as an alternative)
1 litre wheat flour
1. Mix all the dry ingredients, and then add melted butter and milk. Knead until smooth.
2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees c.
3. Roll out the dough on baking paper, about 4 mm thick. Cut figures with cookie cutters and make sure to leave at least 1-2 cm between every cookie, then remove the excess dough.
4. Cook in the middle of the oven for about 15 minutes.