It’s the day before the big day for everyone except my wee brother: today is his birthday. He’s turns 23 today and is not very happy having his birthday the day before Christmas eve. He complained when he was younger that the reason it wasn’t cool having his birthday the day before Christmas was that his hands hurt so much after spending two entire days unwrapping presents. Anyway, a wonderful brother to you wee brother! May you crush all your opponents playing Fifa.
The day has been spent hurrying to get everything ready in order to spend the evening with the family. Today is called ‘little Christmas eve’ in Norway. In our family the tradition is to decorate the tree, with the tv on in the background. On tv is the annual christmas show on the state-owned national channel (à la BBC) playing christmas tunes and discussing ways to cook the perfect ‘ribbe’. The pinnacle of the evening is the wee film ‘Dinner for one’ which is always shown at around nine in the evening.
A few cookies were served during the day, making sure the kids were high on sugar as well as high on life in general. Son did not go to bed voluntarily tonight!
One of the cookies served today were ‘risboller’ (ris=rice, boller=sweet rolls). These are in no way related to sweet rolls though. Think chocolate covered, puffed rice. Again a type of traditional and seasonal cookie, as good as it is simple.
1 tablespoon of sugar
Whisk this until it’s fluffy. Melt the other ingredients:
100 grams chocolate
85 grams of coconut fat
3 tablespoons of coffee
And add with the sugar and egg. Then add as much puffed rice as you please, but make sure you are able to cover everything with the chocolaty goo. Place about a tablespoon full of mix in muffin cups and store somewhere cold. Enjoy 🙂
Today is the third Sunday of advent, and I am sorry it had to become the third before I was to tell you about this tradition. In Norway we count down the four Sundays before yule. The tradition is based around the lighting of four purple candles. One candle is lit every Sunday. Usually the lighting involves a small song or a short poem, gløgg, gingerbread cookies and clementines. It’s not a tradition that gets a lot of attention outside the home, but the four purple candles can be seen in schools, kindergartens, churches, TV.