How do you celebrate Christmass?
November 13, 2006 8:50am CST
Or don't you celebrate it!
13 Nov 06
I always celebrate Christmas with my family and we have many old traditions that we follow. Icelanders have their main celebration on Christmas Eve (December 24th) and most people have dinner at 6pm. The traditional Christmas Eve dinner varies between families. In my house we normally have Turkey but that is a rather new tradition in Iceland. Many families have ptarmigan for dinner but hunting for ptarmigan has been restricted in the last few years so it's not easy to get. On Christmas day, most families have Smoked Lamb for either lunch or dinner and that day is popular for family gatherings. A traditional desert is a rice pudding that is made with rice, whipped cream, chocolate and fruit. Many families have a secret recipe for the sauce that goes with the pudding but the main ingredient is one whole almond. The one who gets the almond gets a special prize, usually a board game, a box of chocolates or something like that. This is a very fun tradition. We open up our presents on Christmas eve. Most Icelanders are not very religious but Christmas is a time when most people go to Church. We have 13 santas in Iceland! The first one comes 13 days before Christmas and children leave their shoe in the windowsill and Santa leaves a little gift for them if they have been good.