As the illustration says there will be nothing but Christmas recipes for the next thirty days. I’ve been saving up recipes for this special for almost a year. Mostly Norwegian recipes, but Swedish, Danish and English Christmas specialties will turn up as well.
For most people in the English speaking world December 25th is the big Christmas day, but for us Scandinavians it is the 24th. That’s when we eat the main meal and open our presents and the name for the celebration comes from pre-Christian times as we call it “Jul”.
Many of the recipes will have long traditions in their respective countries some will be more modern, but what is common for them all is that it will be recipes for food, cakes, sweets and drink with strong connections to Christmas.
Jul or Jól (from old-nordic jól or jólablót) is a pagan religious festival observed by the historical Nordic peoples, later being absorbed into and equated with the Christian festival of Christmas. The earliest references to Jul are by way of indigenous Germanic month names Ærra Jéola (Before Jul) or Jiuli and Æftera Jéola (After Jul). Scholars have connected the celebration to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin and the pagan Anglo-Saxon Modranicht.
The term Jul is used in the Nordic countries for Christmas with its religious rites, but also for the holidays of this season. Yule is also used to a lesser extent in English-speaking countries to refer to Christmas. Customs such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing, and others stem from Yule. A number of Neopagans have introduced their own rites.