Norwegian Christmas Greetings

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

Norwegians might not have seen their friends for over a year

They want to show them how much they care

They will spend hours writing Christmas cards

Make it look beautiful

Put it into envelopes

Drive to their friends houses

Go up the front door stairs

…and leave the envelopes on the doorstep



Without ringing the doorbell

Without saying anything

They do not want to disturb

Norwegians politeness is about not disturbing others

Interactions are different

It does not mean that these people do not care about each other

Or that their are not good friends


Behaviours and interactions are simply different

Friendships are different

If you receive a Christmas card on your doorstep

This means you have a very good Norwegian friend which thinks about you

You can then write a card back

Drive to your friend place

Place it on the doorstep

And make your Norwegian friend very happy for Christmas

This way of showing how much you care for your friends may be surprising for some

A social guidebook is a great way for Norwegians to learn more about themselves for Christmas.

"The Social Guidebook to Norway"


By Julien S. Bourrelle

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