In Norway, Christmas is the most important holiday, sprinkled with traditions, lots of secrets and a touch of magic. What will Nissen (Santa) be bringing this year? Will there be snow on Christmas Eve? And which family member will be lucky enough to find the almond in his or her risengrynsgrøt, and win the marcipan pig?
Christmas is the season for spending time with family and loved ones, enjoying delicious, home-made traditional foods, cookies, desserts and snacks. The food and drinks enjoyed in Christmas, such as risengrynsgrøt (rice porrigde), ribbe (pork ribs), pinnekjøtt (lambs/sheeps ribs), riskrem (riz à l'amande), multekrem (cloudberry cream), gløgg (warm spiced wine) and pepperkaker (gingerbread cookies), are allowed for Christmas only, perhaps due to their non-diet friendly qualities!
Christmas is also the holiday for thorough decoration, for creating the heart-warming coziness that all Norwegians love. Families bring out their most beautiful Christmas porcelain, glassware and ornaments, often products that have been in the family for generations.
Traditional Norwegian porcelain collections, such as Marius, are beautiful all year round, and Christmas is no exception. To Norwegians, Christmas time is about predictability. We watch the same Christmas movies every year, we spend the holidays with the same people and we eat the same food. Most of us also get a bit nostalgic, memorizing our childhood Christmas.
Since its creation in 1953, the Marius pattern hasn't changed a bit. Maybe that's one of the reasons why Norwegians love it so much?
At Porsgrund Porselænsfabrik we make products that last. Some of our tableware series have brought Christmas delight to families since 1887, and are still shining just as bright! Explore our Christmas series here.
Merry Christmas from Porsgrunds Porselænsfabrik
Our favorite tableware collections for Christmas
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Norwegian wood has been a term since way before the 1965 song by The Beatles. Surrounded by forests, Norwegians have built their houses out of wood for centuries and centuries. While Norwegian homes of today tend to be more modern, the idea of the simple cabin life is important to many.
Centuries of living alongside the sea, forests and mountains have thought Norwegians that Nature is the best artist.
Nordic by the sea
To relax and renergize, Norwegians love to spend their summers by the sea. Life is simple just add water.