Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Merry Christmas from U.S. Embassy Oslo

I am way behind on the blog here, apologies, but now that I'm on vacation for a few weeks I will be able to play catch-up and post some pics and stories from the past couple of months.

In the meantime, here is a Christmas greeting from my colleagues and I at U.S. Embassy Oslo. Thanks to the work of some of the most fantastic local employees in the world, we were able to make fools out of ourselves in the name of America. Below is a cheat sheet to the Christmas words we were attempting to pronounce.

God Jul! (Merry Christmas)

From our Embassy Oslo YouTube Site: 
We challenged our American diplomats to pronounce Norwegian sayings that relate to Christmas. We think the result was pretty funny :) Please feel free to share! Happy Holidays!

Here is an unofficial translation of the words for our non-Norwegian viewers:

Kålrabistappe - Mashed rutabaga, typically enjoyed with the Christmas meal.
Dompap - Bullfinch, a type of bird.
Dorullnisse - "Toilet roll santa" - A homemade "santa decoration" made with a toilet roll.
Marsepangris - "Marzipan pig", a common Norwegian holiday candy.
Risengrynsgrøt - Rice porridge, enjoyed by many Norwegians during the holidays.
Svineribbe - Pork breast, eaten by many on Christmas night.
Størknet ribbefett - Coagulated fat from pork (we just included this because it's weird)
Fjøsnisse - A santa who lives in the barn (part of popular Christmas tales)
Sprøstekt svor - Pork rind, an important part of the Norwegian Christmas meal.
Medisterkake - A type of sausage included in most Christmas dinners.
Steketermometer - Cooking thermometer
Pepperkakemann - Gingerbreadman
Vasselina Bilopphøggers - A band that did a popular show about Christmas.
God Jul - Merry Christmas 

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