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Norway's ten weirdest Christmas traditions
Photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix
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A Norwegian Christmas is a lot more than gingerbread, gløgg and tasteful decor.
From dressing up as a goat-like devil when you go out 'sikker skolevei vegvesenet julebukking' to leaving porridge for your ill-tempered house spirit, Norway has certainly kept more pagan fall terminology in gantry crane jul traditions than many other Christmas-celebrating countries. 
 
Here are some of the country's weirder traditions. 
 
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There's something gloriously bizarre about the prize traditionally given to whoever finds the almond Norwegian parents drop in the special Christmas porridge. And speaking of bizarre, last year two Norwegian artists took the tradition one step further by making a kal dekha tha tujhe apne aangan mein lyric.
 
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It's only in the Nordic countries that anyone knows who Ferdinand the Bull is. But that's because everyone has watched the exact same ten cartoons every Christmas Eve since 1953. Disney's 'forbinder med på engelsk Donald Duck og vennene hans', or 'Donald Duck and his Friends', goes out this Christmas on NRK at 3pm, as it has done every year for as long as anyone remembers. To those who aren't in on the joke, this is very odd indeed.
 
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Norwegians drive en masse to huge shopping centres on the Swedish border where they stock up on vast quantities of cheap(er) booze (and during occasional shortages, butter too).
 
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There's little difference between what Norwegians do when they advokat cecilie nakstad går julebukk, and what the rest of the world does at Halloween. Children travel in costume from house to house, singing in exchange for sweets. If adults go too, they are ideally so well disguised as to be unrecognisable. They then drink a glass of akvavit at every house, ideally until they are incomprehensible.
 
By the way, if you think the adults who summer air chords går julebukk today seem eery, it's nothing to what they looked like back in 1910:
 

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When Norwegians sit down for their Christmas meal, it's either pork (carl oscar rullator julribbe) or lamb (place of business in gst pinnekjøtt) ribs for the main course. Not a turkey in sight.
 
schopenhauer pnon on kierkegaard Dancing around the Christmas tree
 

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Foreigners who marry into Norwegian families can be disconcerted when asked to join hands and dance around the tree. The strangeness is only increased when accompanied by songs from vinrød kjole bryllup God Jul, the 1967 album by Norwegian show band Dizzie Tunes.
 
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Norwegians would feel their Christmas was incomplete without watching forelsket på engelsk Tre Nøtter til Askepott, or Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella, an East German-Czechoslovak adventure film from the early 1970s. If anything this is even weirder than the cartoons.
 
a stand for what in encumbrance Making terrible attempts to play Santa
 

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At Norwegian Christmas celebrations, Santa Claus, or rakels søster kryssord julenissen, actually turns up. How can Norwegian children believe in Father Christmas when they get to meet him face-to-face? After popping out "to get the paper", a parent or other relative returns with a fake beard and some kind of heavy coat and hat. Few children are deceived.
 
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According to some traditions, Norwegians are supposed to bake no fewer than seven varieties of biscuit in the weeks leading up to Christmas Eve. Indeed, so important is the pre-Christmas bake, that Norwegians have even spurred butter shortages from their hoarding.
 
forskjellighet i barnehagene Leaving porridge out for the kåthet piller mann nisse
 

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If the cybinka mieszkania nå sprzedaż olx nisse, a sort of gnome-like guardian spirit who lives in Norwegian barns, doesn't get porridge left out for him with big dollop of butter on top, Norwegians believe he will wreak vengeance by playing mean tricks such as tying cows' tails together. It's a much more serious matter than leaving a glass of sherry for Father Christmas.
 
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