yule goat

Waiting (impatiently) for Yuletide

As a Scandinavian-American, all of my family-related Christmas festivities take place on 24 December. This was great when I was a kid, because it doesn't involve any waiting until Christmas morning (and what, technically speaking, is morning?) to open presents, which I frankly still think is both cruel and unusual.

I have to say, it's not very handy for Yuletide Madness, though. Nor last-minute pinch-hitting (and I was really tempted by a last-minute pinch hit for a very rare fandom that I will discuss later, but how can one commit to such things when one's Christmas Eve Day is already full?). I therefore continue my streak of contributing one, and only one, story to the archive this year, such as it is. (I am starting to get really embarrassed by it, as hours go by and it is still not time for stories to go live. You will be lucky if I have not disowned it by morning, when stories actually do go live this year.)

I feel so jilted when a fandom I requested isn't represented in the archive this year! It's not that I didn't receive a story in that fandom–because of course I may have matched on either or any (depending on the year) of the other fandoms that I requested, and so obviously have something extremely awesome to look forward to–but really, no one wrote British Comedian RPF this year? Really? Even the pairings that I did not request, and are therefore lame?

The weirdest part of celebrating Christmas Eve as Christmas is that you therefore, by default, find yourself observing Christmas Eve eve, which is not, generally speaking, a holiday. This year we celebrated Christmas Eve eve as a nuclear family at my little brother's apartment, which was really fun, in the same way that celebrating Christmas ahead of the Christmas Day people is (at this rate, real Christmas in our family will keep ratcheting back until it's not even in December by the time I'm old).

Is it can be Yuletide times now?
Why do the Scandinavians do it on Christmas Eve? Is it because if they waited for sunrise they'd wait until noon or later? Another person on my flist reported doing the same thing.
You know, I still have no idea. Given the geography, I suspect the Lutherans are involved somehow, but I haven't managed to turn up anything in my research.

It's great, though. You start stuffing yourself silly on Christmas Eve, pause long enough to open presents, eat more, and then sleep in as late as you want the next day. Upon awakening, begin eating leftovers.

Ah, you're Scandinavian-American too, eh? I am too, mostly, on both sides of my family, and most branches thereof have only been in this country since about the 1890's or later (I am only the second generation on my father's side to be born in this country). So, did you have cod for Christmas Eve dinner? And do know you have good recipes for lefse and risegrod? The latter is a kind of rice-pudding dish flavored with cinnamon and sugar, with a pat of butter in the center of each bowl, representing the sun's rebirth at the Winter Solstice. Plus, it really must be eaten as a family or community to be any fun. In other words, risegrod is a sort of Winter Solstice communal food ritual, possibly predating Christianity in Scandinavia. I'm fortunate that my Dad passed on this bit of folklore to me before his death in March 2009.

Anyway, whatever you had, I hope it was tasty (perhaps with spritz cookies for dessert?)..:)
Lefse is popular with young and old, but nobody in the family tree below my grandparents (both first-generation Norwegian-Americans born in the 20s) professes to really enjoy lutefisk. We have these things called refrigerators now, we tell them. (My grandmother would roll up lutefisk in lefse to make Norwegian fish tacos!)

I've never had risegrod! I think this is something we definitely need to try next year, since it sounds both fun and yummy.