What Norwegians Call Christmas

Røros in winter with Christmas decorations. Photo by Henrik Dvergsdal / CC BY-SA 3.0.

Christmas is the most important holiday celebration in Norway, and has a huge cultural importance for the Norwegian people. But what do Norwegians even call Christmas in Norwegian? The Norwegian word for Christmas is jul. This word originates from the word for jol, the ancient Norse celebration (called Yule in English). We Norwegians still refer … Read more

Julebord: A Look At Norway’s Pre-Christmas Parties

Ribbe is a popular Christmas dish in Norway. Photo by Lars Røed Hansen / CC BY-SA 2.5.

Norway has many unique Christmas traditions that you simply won’t find anywhere else in the world, and one of these are what we call julebord. Julebord, which can be translated to “Christmas table” is a classic Norwegian holiday tradition where groups (typically all employees at a workplace) go out to eat Christmas food and drink … Read more