Spending Christmas in Norway

Rotary exchange student Lars Silseth discusses the holiday traditions in his country

By Lars Silseth

Christmas in Norway is pretty similar to Christmas here in Canada, but we have some differences.

We celebrate Christmas on Dec. 24, while Dec. 25 is a regular day where people hang out with family and friends.

We eat a lot of meat on Christmas Eve and end the evening with opening presents and eating dessert.

We usually travel home to our family in Tønsberg (Tonsberg), on the east coast of Norway during Christmas, and have a big dinner with the entire family.

Boxing Day is not a big thing in Norway, although a lot of people spend the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve exchanging gifts.

New Year’s Eve is a day we usually celebrate with friends.

My parents celebrate with their friends while my sister and I celebrates with our friends.

Lars Silseth is an exchange student from Norway, in Summerland under the Rotary exchange program.

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