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12-24-2005, 04:13 AM
This you will find in every Swedish window at Christmas,

Here in Sveden, My family and I this morning ate our traditional christmas breakfast, "Tomtegr¶t"
(santaclaus poridge or what you call it in english)

and later we will eat from our Julbord,

these are my favourites on the christmas table:

there is no christmas withought these!

(Its so popular that coca cola doesn´t sell a **** around Christmas)
Julmust is a soft drink that is consumed mainly in Sweden at Christmas. For the rest of the year it is found under the name must. At Easter the name is p¥skmust. (jul=Christmas, p¥sk=Easter). The content is the same regardless of the marketing name although the time it is stored before bottling differs; however, the beverage is more closely associated with Christmas and somewhat less with Easter. It is often hard to find the drink in off-season. 45 million litres of julmust are consumed during December (to be compared with roughly 9 million Swedes), which is around 50% of the total softdrink volume in December and 3/4s of the total yearly must sales.

Must was created by Harry Roberts and his father Robert Roberts in 1910 as a non-alcoholic alternative to beer. The syrup is still made exclusively by Roberts AB in rebro. The original recipe is said to be locked up in a safe with only one person knowing the full recipe.

Must is made of carbonated water, sugar, hops extract, malt extract, spices, colouring (E150), citric acid, and preservatives. The hops and malt extracts give the must a somewhat beer-like taste, but must is not fermented and contains no alcohol. Must can be aged provided it is stored in a glass bottle. Some people buy must in December only to store it a year before drinking it.

Julmust might be the source of some annoyance for Coca-Cola in Sweden, since Sweden is the only country where the consumption of Coca-Cola drops during Christmas. Many Swedes drink julmust instead. This was quoted as one of the main reasons Coca-Cola broke away from their contract with Pripps and started Coca-Cola Drycker Sverige AB instead. Coca-Cola now produces its own julmust, albeit very anonymous and never advertised until 2004, when Coca-Cola started maketing their julmust under the brand "Bj¤re julmust".

Those outside Sweden who are curious to try Julmust might be able to purchase and sample a bottle from a nearby IKEA.

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julmust"

read more about this beloved drink here:http://ad-rag.com/107537.php

Christmas ham

Prins Korv




Some other must have

do it yourself its easy:http://www.theworldwidegourmet.com/drinks/hot/glogg-sweden.htm






12-24-2005, 05:05 AM
At my house we gather around the pole after festivus dinner and commence the airing of the grievances, then it's on to feats of strength.

12-24-2005, 05:12 AM
yep, can't beat the airing of the grievances. i'm going to get mine in early this year. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Some of that Swedish food sounds nice, though. Yummy.

12-24-2005, 05:35 AM

How many layers of glass are in that window pane? Like 3? How cold must it get where you are?

Have a good Christmas, I'm about to go out for a good long consitutional so I can guiltlessly put on a couple of pounds tomorrow.

12-24-2005, 05:42 AM
Our family exchanges gifts and over-eats like everyone else. Our only tradition that (seemingly) breaks from the norm is our christmas breakfast which includes oyster stew. I don't know any other family that does this.

12-24-2005, 05:48 AM

Just lovely http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

12-24-2005, 06:54 AM
A festivus for the rest of us! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

12-24-2005, 07:46 AM
Usually, I open my presents on Christmas Eve and then find an excuse (i.e. diahrrea, a cold... but mostly diahrrea) to not go to Midnight Vigil, so I can play with my new toys.

You'd think Santa Claus would catch on and realize that I'm naughty.

12-25-2005, 11:03 AM
Don´´t you have anything to chare with us
thats a special Christmas tradition in your country?

12-25-2005, 06:12 PM
DIRTY-MAC Nice one dirty mac

Over eating seems to be theme here, Let me guess everybody that plays this game is overweight.

roast beef and garlic bread
chocolate creamcheese pie
mash tators
chocolate covered cherry's
brussel sprouts
a&w root beer

12-26-2005, 06:10 AM
Here in Norway Christmas in conducted roughly like Dirty-Mac described from Sweden. There are some interesting differences from celebration in the Anglo-American world:

<LI>Firstly, it€s called €œJul€ (pronounced yul), not Christmas or anything like it, though for a lot of people this will be the time for the yearly trip to church.

<LI>In Norway (and large parts of Europe) it is the evening of 24th that€s celebrated.

<LI>An old relative dresses up as Santa Claus and comes with presents if it€s children in the family, though he€s called €œnisse€, which is a sort of goblin in Norwegian folklore. Until about 100 years ago, farmers would put out a small meal, mostly porridge, in the barn for the local nisse. In Sweden he€s called €œtomte€.

Apart from that, celebration is largely as everywhere else. We stuff our selves with food (mostly pork in Eastern Norway where I live), dances around an evergreen tree (traditionally spruce) decorated with symbols of wealth and fertility and exchange presents. Then we eat even more (traditionally nuts and oranges) and go to bed. The morning after (the 25th) while British and American children search their stockings, the family gathers at the table, eating an assortment of traditional cold dishes, including leftovers from the day before.

In my family, we also meet up in the evening of the 25th for an €œextra Christmas€. My aunt is from Iceland, so we gather for the traditional Icelandic course of €œhangakj¸tt€, which is mutton, smokes, salted and then left hanging at the northern wall for a few months to cure. It€s very, very good, though I can imagine a few of you would find the intense sheep taste a tad too much.

12-26-2005, 01:04 PM
In the United States for the last 4 years, we make sure we have at least one family member in a war zone somewhere in the world. Maybe we can break that tradition when we get a new president.

12-26-2005, 02:42 PM
Originally posted by airdale1960:
In the United States for the last 4 years, we make sure we have at least one family member in a war zone somewhere in the world. Maybe we can break that tradition when we get a new president.

Bashing the President of the USA is your Right as a US Citizen, which I support as it is my Patriotic Duty to support your Rights, even though I think you're dead wrong

However, political content such as this is not only out of place and frowned on here, this is exactly the opposite sentiment that one would expect at Christmas

If you like, I can tell you why we are at war again. I am not George Bush fan, by the way, but if you really want my opinion of why we are in Iraq again, PM me and I will tell you the name of the responsible party, but I won't do it in this thread. Let's keep a thread about Christmas Traditions focused on brotherhood and peace instead of on bad blood and political agendas, OK? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

12-26-2005, 02:50 PM
Here is a tradition in my City, Boston. This year, some knuckleheaded twit called it a "Holiday tree" and started a tempest in a teacup, but that's the press for you:

(copied from the Boston Globe this November)

In the early afternoon of Dec. 6, 1917, the Massachusetts Committee on Public Safety received a telegram from Halifax, relayed via Havana, Cuba: ''Hundreds of persons were killed and a thousand others injured and half the city of Halifax is in ruins as the result of the explosion on a munitions ship in the harbour today." Massachusetts governor Samuel McCall and several prominent businessmen immediately formed a Halifax Relief Expedition and arranged for a special Boston & Maine train filled with doctors, Red Cross staffers -- and Globe reporter A.J. Philpott -- to depart that evening.

Alas, Halifax had suffered a double whammy. On the heels of the huge explosion came a severe blizzard that made travel almost impossible. Relief Commission chairman Abraham Ratshesky had hoped to make the trip in a record 22 hours. Because of the blizzard, the relief train arrived a day later than planned.

The Bostonians were greeted by the president of the Canadian Government Railway, a Springfield native, and by Robert Borden, prime minister of Canada, who had been campaigning in nearby Prince Edward Island. As author Laura MacDonald points out in her just-published account of the explosion, ''Curse of the Narrows," the politic Borden told the Americans that theirs was the first relief train to arrive. In fact, other relief trains from neighboring provinces had already reached Halifax.

But no one talked down the Bostonians' remarkable contributions. The Massachusetts State Guard Medical Unit helped set up the city's first post-explosion emergency hospital. A complete medical unit sent from the Harvard Medical School staffed yet another. Christian Scientists paid for a relief train carrying clothing, food, $10,000 in cash -- and doctors. ''A strange contradiction," according to the Chicago Post.

The Boston Symphony performed a sellout benefit concert for Halifax relief, featuring soprano Nellie Melba and violinist Fritz Kreisler. The Massachusetts Automobile Club sent a fleet of trucks northward, and MacDonald writes that ''a riot nearly broke out" when a flood of Bostonians tried to donate supplies for a boat headed to Halifax.

In 1918, by way of a thank you, Halifax sent a Christmas tree to Boston, and the gift became an annual tradition starting in 1971.

12-26-2005, 05:12 PM
Chuck_ OK, where can you tell me why we are in Iraq again...I want to here others opinions.

12-26-2005, 05:25 PM
It isn't a political statement. It is the truth. You must know some family with the tradition.

12-26-2005, 05:39 PM
Originally posted by airdale1960:
In the United States for the last 4 years, we make sure we have at least one family member in a war zone somewhere in the world. Maybe we can break that tradition when we get a new president.

Or when your family members stop joining an all volunteer army.

12-26-2005, 05:53 PM
Dolemite- We join to "provide for the common defense", of the US.

12-26-2005, 06:00 PM
Well... let's come back to our traditions or uses at Christmas...

For me, as an atheist (as is most of my family too, so we just do not mind about religion), Christmas is just an occasion to meet most of my family. We use to have a very good meal at my father's place (and mom is a very good cook... one of the best I know !!!). Of course, we do not only eat very well... we have some very good wines, and a very good and warm ambiant all together...

In fact, my wish for Christmas, is that everyone can celebrate it, wheteher he is a believer or an atheist, in the same way as I do with my family.

Peace and love everyone !!!

12-26-2005, 07:42 PM
Originally posted by airdale1960:
Chuck_ OK, where can you tell me why we are in Iraq again...I want to here others opinions.

P ersonal M essage is the only place I'll discuss it

12-26-2005, 09:36 PM
Bacon Butties. My family always have bacon butties on Christmas morning. Its brilliant, two bits of bacon on a roll with butter and HP sauce.