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A new outfit is usually a must, the best food is purchased and everyone bakes cookies by the score. Gift opening and feasting begins on Christmas Eve with the next couple of days spent visiting family and close friends. While the birthday of Christ is central to Iceland's Christmas festivities, long before Christianity was introduced, people in Northern Europe celebrated winter solstice which ushers in gradually lengthening days. In Iceland, winter solstice celebrations were grand events. Landowners would invite people into their homes where everyone feasted and drank. After the adoption of Christianity in the year 1000 the thrust changed to a Christian celebration. However, an Icelandic Christmas is historically two celebrations -- celebrating the birth of Christ and celebrating the beginning of longer daylight hours. Also, the Icelandic word for Christmas, Jól, has no reference to Christ or the church. It is Norse and also existed in Old English as Yule. The 13 days of Christmas (December 24 to January 6) extends back to the 4th and 5th centuries in Europe where the birth of Christ was celebrated on December 25 but when the christening and the visit of the three wise men took place on January 6. Decorations are a big part of celebrations with Christmas trees being almost universal. These are decorated with lights, garlands and ornaments. Before the use of pine trees was introduced in Iceland in the 19th century, most Christmas trees were homemade. Then pines gradually took over becoming predominant during the Second World War. 0riginal decorations included candles, fruit (apples, oranges) as ornaments and garlands made from popcorn or cranberries. Sometimes, presents were hung on the trees and tiny wrapped boxes are still popular as ornaments. Another common Christmas decoration is the Advent light. There are two different types. One is the Advent wreath, which has four candles, one for each Sunday of Advent. The other contains seven candles arranged in a triangular- shaped candelabra. They are put onto a window sill and are lit from the first Sunday of Advent to January 6. Other decorations include indoor/ outdoor Christmas lights, santas, reindeer and wreaths. People also send cards to more distant relatives and friends and even children send cards to their friends. It is very important not to leave anyone out, especially a person who sent you a card the previous year. Christmas cards are used only for happy news and wishes. Thorláksmessa, December 23, is the biggest shopping day in Iceland with people buying last minute presents. Thorláksmessa is named after Thorlákur Thórhallsson, a 12th century Icelandic priest who died on this day in 1193. He was canonized by Althingi (the Icelandic Parliament) in 1198. There are two Thorlákur feast days, December 23 and July 20. The dish of the day is skate, being that it is the last day of the Christmas fast and no one is supposed to eat meat. The pickled skate is served with boiled potatoes with the tradition of eating skate on December 23 still popular. Christmas Dinner In centuries past, most people would slaughter a lamb and have meat broth - kjötsúpa -- for Christmas dinner. Kjötsúpa is still common in Iceland, although not as Christmas dinner. Poorer families would have ptarmigan for Christmas. Nowadays, the most common Christmas dishes are ham, smoked lamb and ptarmigan. The latter is no Mischievous side to Forget Santa Claus, it's everything from 13 Yule Lads to the Christmas cat when Icelanders start celebrating Christmas. 2 -- Times Newspapers Christmas Supplement www.times.co.nz Contents ❦ Page 2-3 Christmas in Iceland -- mischievous side to Christian festival ❦Page5 $500 New World gift card up for grabs "Three in onesie" Christmas gift ❦Page6 Win! A Chelsea prize pack ❦Page7 Spiced Christmas Cookies -- twice as nice ❦ Page 11 NZ Christmas Bell -- jingle all the way? ❦ Pages 12-14 Countdown to Christmas ❦ Page 15 Be in to win a $150 Christmas Hamper from Super Liquor Highland Park Perfect mince meat This set of Iceland stamps depicts one version of the Yule Lads.
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