Nissen

Hello there, dear followers.

I wanted to tell you about one of the most typical symbols of christmas in Norway. The “Nisse”. The “Nisse” is a sort of gnome-like creature. He/she lives in almost every house-hold in Norway (although, most humans don’t know they exist in their homes). They live there through the entire year, taking care of the humans, their pets/animals and their homes. Every year, there is a tradition were you are supposed to give the nisse(s) a bowl of porridge, or other treats, to show them how grateful you are for their presence and efforts throughout the year. However, if you do not give him/her/them any treats, they might get offended and either leave the house, prank/trick you, or even do some real damage. They are quite short-tempered, but also very loving and caring. The nisse is described as a small creature, not bigger than a horses head. They wear a collection of clothes which mostly involves wool. But the most symbolic/characteristic feature about the “nisse” is the red tophat, or a “rød topplue”.

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Do you have any special Christmas traditions were you come from? :) please tell us. Also, tell us if you want to know more about Norwegian Christmas traditions/Norwegian folktales, and also other Norwegian traditions :)

(Source: fuckyeahnorwegian)

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