The Christmas Pages
|2011: This years stamps are designed by Kristin Granli. The children on the pictures can also be found on 100 year old postcards. The first stamp shows a girl with presents (from Eiker Arkiv), the second, a boy with a christmas letter (from Bjørn Sagen's postcard collection)|
|2010: This years Norwegian Christmas stamps represent motives from handmade Christmas tablecloths. The design is by Inger Sandved Anfinsen. Both stamps cost NOK 8.50.|
|2009: The Norwegian Christmas stamps for 2009 pictures Christmas decorations. In the background you can see the lyrics of two Christmas songs; "Glade Jul" (Silent Night) and "Jeg synger julekvad". The stamps cost NOK 8.00 and have printed in 12.5 million copies.|
|2008: The Norwegian Christmas stamps for 2008 pictures the Norwegian Nisse overlooking farm houses. The first time the Nisse was portrayed on a stamp was for the Christmas stamps of 1992. The stamps cost NOK 7.00 and have been printed in 14 million copies.|
|2007: The Norwegian Christmas stamps for 2007 picture the Star of Bethlehem and the Three Wise Men. They cost NOK 7.00 and have been printed in 8 million copies.|
|2005: The Norwegian Christmas stamps for 2005 picture a ginger bread christmas tree and oranges with 24 clove spikes for counting down the days until Christmas Eve.|
|2004: The Norwegian Christmas stamps for 2004 have been drawn by children. Two sixth grade girls won the drawing competition where the Norwegian Post Office received over 6500 drawings. This years stamps will be released November 19th and enpict Caring and Friendship.|
Updated November 8th, 2011
Christmas Tree Facts:
Did you know that the Christmas trees at Union Station, Washington D.C., Trafalgar Square in London and Edinburgh, Scotland are from Norway?
In 1947 the British authorities received a Christmas tree from Oslo as a special thanks for the help and support Britain gave to Norway and Norwegians during the occupation years from 1940 to 1945. Since then, the Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square has become an annual tradition.
Here are two great books about Christmas in Norway:
Keeping Christmas. Yuletide Traditions in Norway
Christmas Eve at Santa's
På låven sitter nissen!
The song being played is entitled : "På låven sitter nissen", The "nisse" is in the barn. The song is about a "nisse" eating his Christmas porridge - but the rats are dancing around annoying him. At last the "nisse" says he will go fetch the cat - and finally the rats give up.I
På låven sitter nissen med sin
så god og søt, så god og søt.
han nikker, og han smiler, og han er så glad,
for julegrøten vil han gjerne ha.
Men rundt omkring står alle de små rotter,
og de skotter, og de skotter
de vil så gjerne ha litt julegodter,
og de danse, danser rundt i ring.
Men nissen, se han truer med sin store skje:
``nei, bare se og kom av sted,
for julegrøten min den vil jeg ha i fred,
og ingen, ingen vil jeg dele med.``
men rottene de hopper, og de danser,
og de svinser, og de svanser,
og klorer etter grøten og de danser,
og de står om nissen tett i ring.
Men nissefar, han er en liten hissigpropp,
og med sin kropp han gjør et hopp.
``jeg henter katten hvis dere ikke holder opp!
når katten kommer, skal det nok bli stopp.``
Da løper alle rottene så bange,
ja, så bange,ja, så bange,
og de svinser, og de svanser noen ganger,
og en, to, tre så er de vekk.
The Norwegian word for Santa Claus, "Julenisse" is a combination of a Christian name (Nils = Nikolaus) and the pagan word for Christmas, Yule.