In the tropical climate of Siem Reap, with temperatures over 30 degrees, lush vegetation, coconut palms and other exotic fruit trees, very little resembles a Scandinavian white Christmas and it’s easy to forget that Christmas is just around the corner. But rest assure, we haven’t forgotten. Following the tradition, for the 9th year in a row, Christmas Eve will be celebrated in Siem Reap with traditional Scandinavian fare.
The evening will start at 18.00 on 24th December, and the price per person is USD 32. The price includes buffet dinner, performance, free flow of beverages, Christmas gift & a donation to the Sangkheum Center for Children). Children under 4 is free of charge (with parents), and children under 12 is half price.
During the evening a group of 20 children from Sangkheum Center for Children They will perform Christmas Carols Performance. It will also be games, and even a visit from Julenissen (Santa Claus).
Buffet Menu for Christmas Eve:
Main: Christmas Ham & Pork Belly served with Potatoes, Broccoli, Carrots, Sauerkraut & Pease pudding, accompanied with Brown gravy sauce.
Additional Cold Foods: Potato salad, Garden salad, Scrambled eggs with Norwegian Salmon, Cured Ham, Egg halves, Anchovies, and a selection of Bread.
Desserts: Rice pudding with Berry Sauce, Ginger Bread and assorted Christmas Cookies.
Drinks: will be free flow of Gløgg (Gluhwein/Mulled Wine), Soft Drinks, Beer and Wine.
Please RSVP by 20 December 2013 to [email protected]
All nationalities are off course welcome to join!
Scandinavian Christmas Traditions:
December is the darkest time of year in Scandinavia. Located at the “top of Europe” in the northern hemisphere, the countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden experience the darkest time of the year during the Christmas season when the nights are longest and the greater part of winter is still ahead. The snow lies deep in the countryside, and the temperatures are often below minus 20 degrees, and it’s only a few hours of daylight every day.
“Jul” or Yule, was celebrated long before Christianity came to Scandinavia. At that time it was an observation of the winter solstice, that from then on the days would become longer and darkness gradually recede. It was a celebration of light returning. The word “Jul” or Yule means “the change” or “the feast of feasts”, with reference to midwinter reveries celebrated around new years. There was plenty of mead and plenty of food, indulging in a sort of magic of plenty. It was believed that it would ensure prosperity and plenty for the coming year.
The whole of December, the “advent” period leading up to Christmas in Scandinavia is a magical time of warmth and candlelight. Of all Europeans Norwegians are the most enthusiastic users of candles and candlelight – they call it “levende lys” meaning “living lights”. Evenings are dark, but the houses are ablaze with light. Nowhere else in the world is it celebrated quite so warmly – or with so much candlelight and food – as in this northern corner of Europe.Christmas Eve is the highlight of a Scandinavian Christmas – an evening filled with magic for every child and remembered ever after. The table set with an abundance of food and decorated with cut flowers under the copper glow of candle light. This evening all the traditional delicacies are offered – this is when the big meal of the year is eaten.
The Christmas tree is not an artificial tree, it is a tree fresh from the forest, decorated with ornaments, lights and garlands of tiny flags. Joining hands, forming a circle, and walking around the Christmas tree singing Christmas carols is often a part of the celebration. And after dinner is the joy of handing over gifts (often accompanied by a poem with hints for the receiver to guess what’s inside)
Traditional Scandinavian Christmas food varies, not only in the different countries, but also in the different regions in each of the Scandinavian countries. And the Christmas feast does by no means end with this important evening. The next day there is cold buffet – and on the 26th and 27th when calls are made on friends, it will be more food. The enjoyment can go on as long as the season lasts – and to many in Scandinavia, Christmas is not over until well into January.
From various sources. For more information about Scandinavian Christmas Traditions see http://www.scandinavianchristmastraditions.com
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