Holiday Traditions around the World: Christmas in Norway
Land of the Midnight Sun is the perfect backdrop for the Christmas season! Luciadagen or St. Lucia Day starts the Christmas season in Norway on December 13th. Sicilian martyred Saint Lucia was visited by an angel and vowed to devote her life to Christianity. Lucia is honored as a day of light at the darkest time of the year. Children form a procession dressed in white with a crown of lighted evergreens on their heads while singing the traditional St. Lucia song. Lussekatter are the traditional St. Lucia Day treats handed out during the processional. Lussekatter is translated to “Lucia cats” and they are sweet buns decorated with raisins baked into a winding tail design.
Christmas trees play a big part in the Norwegian holiday season. Spruce or pine trees are sparsely decorated to showcase their natural beauty. Clear white lights have replaced candles and the ornaments are Julekurver which are small paper baskets in the shape of a heart. The most famous custom is the traditional Norwegian Christmas tree that Norway gifts to the United Kingdom each year as a thank you for the help during World War II. The tree is proudly displayed in Trafalgar Square in the heart of London.