The second annual traditional IceNews Christmas message

jólIt’s Christmas Day once more and the Nordic countries have been celebrating since early yesterday evening.

While the Anglo Saxon world (among others) was still frantically buying last minute gifts yesterday in preparation for today, in the Nordic region the biggest meal and the majority of the present unwrapping is already long over.

In The North, Christmas Day is a day for family, for reading and for playing with Christmas presents.

Despite the difference in celebration, Christmas Day in the Nordic countries is still very much Christmas and as much a time for laughter, feasting, playing games and drinking the odd sherry or port as it is anywhere else.

With the dark winter days, the snow covered ground (although not in all places every year, it has to be said) – and with the northern lights and the wild growing Christmas trees – not to mention the wild reindeer – Scandinavia and all the Nordic countries may well be the ideal place to celebrate Christmas. That despite the fact they are not exactly near to Bethlehem…

Wherever you are in the world, we here at IceNews would like to wish you joy, laughter, and above all, peace this Christmas Day and every day.

Merry Christmas!

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