Christmas | 24 postcards from the land of Norway

With Christmas comes the turning of the sun, and the promise of a new year. Enjoy these traditional and vintage Norwegian Christmas cards - 24 in all.
The nisse-family coming out from the barn to get their Christmas porridge. | Artist: Othar Holmboe - Damm cc pdm.
The nisse-family coming out from the barn to get their Christmas porridge. | Artist: Othar Holmboe - Damm cc pdm.

In this advent calendar of images, you will find 24 examples of how artists and photographers have interpreted the spirit of the Norwegian Christmas.

The nisse, one of the most familiar creatures of Scandinavian folklore, is a frequent guest in many of the pictures. It is a being with roots stretching far back into the depths of history, long before the introduction of Christianity, around the turn of the second millennium AD.

1 December

The joyful spirit of Christmas. | Artist: Wilhelm Larsen - Damm nb.no cc pdm.
The joyful spirit of Christmas. | Artist: Wilhelm Larsen – Damm nb.no cc pdm.

2 December

Christmas at Finse, Ulvik, Hordaland, Norway in 1913. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse - Alex Vincent nb.no cc pdm.
Christmas at Finse, Ulvik, Hordaland, Norway in 1913. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – Alex Vincent nb.no cc pdm.

3 December

Off to Christmas celebrations. | Artist: Wilhelm Larsen - Damm nb.no cc pdm.
Off to Christmas celebrations. | Artist: Wilhelm Larsen – Damm nb.no cc pdm.

4 December

Father brings home the Christmas tree. | Artist: Jenny Nystrøm - Mittet & Co. AS nb.no cc pdm.
Father brings home the Christmas tree. | Artist: Jenny Nystrøm – Mittet & Co. AS nb.no cc pdm.

5 December

Wedding celebrations at Christmas. | Artist: Wilhelm Larsen - Damm nb.no cc pdm.
Wedding celebrations at Christmas. | Artist: Wilhelm Larsen – Damm nb.no cc pdm.

6 December

Two nisse-men playing cards at Christmas. | Artist: Nils Bergslien - H. Abel nb.no cc pdm.
Two nisse-men playing cards at Christmas. | Artist: Nils Bergslien – H. Abel nb.no cc pdm.

7 December

Norway at Christmas. | Photoartist unknown - Henriksen & Steen nb.no cc pdm.
Norway at Christmas. | Photoartist unknown – Henriksen & Steen nb.no cc pdm.

8 December

After Christmas porridge and beer, it is time for a good nisse-sleep. | Artist: Julius Holck - Fredrikson, John, Bog & Kunstforlag nb.no cc pdm.
After Christmas porridge and beer, it is time for a good nisse-sleep. | Artist: Julius Holck – Fredrikson, John, Bog & Kunstforlag nb.no cc pdm.

9 December

Christmas celebrations. | Artist: Othar Holmboe - J. H. Küenholdt A/S nb.no cc pdm.
Christmas celebrations. | Artist: Othar Holmboe – J. H. Küenholdt A/S nb.no cc pdm.

10 December

A nisse and a pig - both wanting the Christmas apple. | Artist: Jenny Nystrøm - H. Abel nb.no cc pdm.
A nisse and a pig – both wanting the Christmas apple. | Artist: Jenny Nystrøm – H. Abel nb.no cc pdm.

11 December

Christmas presents from afar. | Artist: Othar Holmboe - J. H. Küenholdt A/S nb.no cc pdm.
Christmas presents from afar. | Artist: Othar Holmboe – J. H. Küenholdt A/S nb.no cc pdm.

12 December

Two nisse-men wishing you a merry, merry Christmas. | Artist: Christian Magnus - Eberh. B. Oppi kunstforlag nb.no cc pdm.
Two nisse-men wishing you a merry, merry Christmas. | Artist: Christian Magnus – Eberh. B. Oppi kunstforlag nb.no cc pdm.

13 December

Singing around the Christmas tree. | Artist: Othar Holmboe - J. H. Küenholdt A/S nb.no cc pdm.
Singing around the Christmas tree. | Artist: Othar Holmboe – J. H. Küenholdt A/S nb.no cc pdm.

14 December

Merry Christmas from Norway. | Artist unknown - nb.no cc pdm.
Merry Christmas from Norway. | Artist unknown – nb.no cc pdm.

15 December

Bringing the Christmas porridge to the nisse-family in the barn. | Artist: Oscar Lærum - Fredrikson, John, Bog & Kunstforlag nb.no cc pdm.
Bringing the Christmas porridge to the nisse-family in the barn. | Artist: Oscar Lærum – Fredrikson, John, Bog & Kunstforlag nb.no cc pdm.

16 December

Christmas play. | Artist: Gudmund Stenersen - Mittet & Co. AS nb.no cc pdm.
Christmas play. | Artist: Gudmund Stenersen – Mittet & Co. AS nb.no cc pdm.

17 December

A good old Christmas nisse-party. | Artist: Thorvald Rasmussen - Mittet & Roloff nb.no cc pdm.
A good old Christmas nisse-party. | Artist: Thorvald Rasmussen – Mittet & Roloff nb.no cc pdm.

18 December

Christmas means extra food for everyone. | Artist: Gudmund Stenersen - Mittet & Co. AS nb.no cc pdm.
Christmas means extra food for everyone. | Artist: Gudmund Stenersen – Mittet & Co. AS nb.no cc pdm.

19 December

The barn-gnomes (nisse) are playing. | Artist: Halfdan Gran - Prospekt nb.no cc pdm.
The barn-gnomes (nisse) are playing. | Artist: Halfdan Gran – Prospekt nb.no cc pdm.

20 December

Christmas greetings from a mountain farm. | Artist: Anders Beer Wilse - nb.no cc pdm.
Christmas greetings from a mountain farm. | Artist: Anders Beer Wilse – nb.no cc pdm.

21 December

A nisse in the cowshed. | Artist: Halfdan Gran - Prospekt nb.no cc pdm.
A nisse in the cowshed. | Artist: Halfdan Gran – Prospekt nb.no cc pdm.

22 December

A nisse is getting a Christmas ride with a witch. | Artist: Gustav Lærum - Eberh. B. Oppi kunstforlag nb.no cc pdm.
A nisse is getting a Christmas ride with a witch. | Artist: Gustav Lærum – Eberh. B. Oppi kunstforlag nb.no cc pdm.

23 December

Reading from the Bible at Christmas. | Artist: Jenny Nystrøm - Mittet & Co. AS nb.no cc pdm.
Reading from the Bible at Christmas. | Artist: Jenny Nystrøm – Mittet & Co. AS nb.no cc pdm.

24 December

The nisse-family coming out to get their Christmas porridge. | Artist: Othar Holmboe - Damm cc pdm.
The nisse-family coming out from the barn to get their Christmas porridge. | Artist: Othar Holmboe – Damm cc pdm.

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