A Norwegian Christmas with Maria Amelie

Every society has its own traditions, rituals and unwritten social codes

We foreigners benefit from understanding better and learning the social codes of our host society

How to greet, the distance you should keep during social interactions, the meaning of hand gestures, eye contact, the different signs of politeness, etc.

Understanding the local social codes is a first step towards making local people feel comfortable around you and wanting to create ties with you

You also need to understand the local traditions and rituals

This is truly challenging

Especially when these rituals and traditions take place in closed groups which are difficult to access for newcomers

A helping hand from a local is a great Christmas gift

I was lucky enough to be invited to the families of good Norwegian friends for Christmas from the very beginning 

I learnt many traditions and rituals

I was then able to understand Norwegians and their behaviours better

 But not every foreigner has a Sverre or Jon Mikkel that opens their doors for Christmas

Last Christmas, Maria Amelie wrote about her experience meeting the local Norwegian Christmas traditions

Ten years after she arrived in Norway

A welcoming Mexican family invited her to experience Norwegian Christmas traditions in their home

“Kræsjkurs i norsk jul” (Aftenposten 24.12.15 – in Norwegian)

This year Maria Amelie will spend here Christmas working on her new book  

There is only a few days left to her Crowdfunding campaign 


Maria translated our first social guidebook to Norway and we wish her best of luck in her new adventure


By Julien S. Bourrelle