& A Happy New Year to You !
folks, it's time again for greetings, food, beverages and
hopefully some fun. Christmas is
observed by most people throughout the so called western world.
said that before the Christian Era, prior to Martin Luther and those guys,
primitive people such as we, the Scandinavians, celebrated this part of
the year in a barbarian way because of all the eating and drinking.
Now if I were to ask each and one of you where you spend most of your time during your Christmas holiday, I truly doubt too many would say
"I'll be at church".
used to celebrate that we were past the darkest time of the year and
daylight was growing on us again.
Nowadays we're supposedly all Christian and therefore we are
celebrating the birth of Jesus, some of us.
Claus, or Father Christmas (Br.), Saint Nicholas, or Sante Klaas or Tomten
(Sw.), is positively the patron saint of children.
difference being of course that he comes around in the Anglo-Saxon
countries at Christmas Eve making his deliveries late at night through the
chimney. This of course
results in some children receiving their presents later than for instance
Scandinavian children who receive their gifts, or presents, on Christmas Eve, and lately some even get theirs early
morning, December 24. Could possibly Rudolph have anything to do with
There are Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, family gatherings, not to mention the mistletoe, stockings by the fireplace, and milk and cookies for Santa Claus.
And what about Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, partly true and partly fiction? Most of us seem to love this, and today even Donald Duck seems to be a natural part of the festivity, or festival, or is it feast?
There are lots of things we take for granted when it comes to tradition.
set a few minor things straight, one should bear in mind that when
Anglo-Saxons eat turkey and
puddings of all sorts, we Scandinavians tend to indulge in home made
sausages, links, meatballs,
herring of all kinds, a "dip in
the pot", pig trotters, taffy or toffee, chocolate candy, shots of
vodka or Renat washed down
with mulled wine and beer.
Now the beer holds true for Anglo-Saxons as well.
Once ribs are mentioned,
remember that we mainly stick to spare ribs, which is
pork from the upper, or fore, end where there's hardly any meat at
some other countries you get what I consider the real thing, beef
In some countries they tip the mailman every Christmas. To Swedes, this is pure baloney, because here it is all included in the tax.
old tradition of sending greeting cards to friends, family and relatives,
young and old, isn't as common as it used to be perhaps.
is there an easier way of making people happy? Remember Boxing Day? Now
Boxing Day isn't called Boxing Day without a reason.
know that a few people every year see a connection between to box, being a
boxer punching somebody's face, and Boxing Day.
However, Boxing Day, "annandagen (annandag jul)" in Swedish,
used to be the day when poor people walked from house to house begging for
food and whatever could be dispensed with.
Christmas cards to your friends and relatives while you can.