Christmas Time

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Wesołych Świąt!

Feliz Navidad!

Gleðileg jól!

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A Christmas song from the children in Holt!

This is an old folksong and the written version of the text first appeared in 1850 in a Danish paper, sligthly different from the version we are singing today:

Jólasveinar ganga um gólf með gildan (gylltan) staf í hendi.
Móðir þeirra sópar gólf og flengir þá með vendi.
Uppá stól stendur mín kanna, níu nóttum fyrir jól þá kem ég til manna.

It is not easy to translate the text but it would be something like this:
Yule lads walking the floors with a broad (or golden) walking stick in their hands. Their mother is sweeping the floor and spanking them with a wand. Upon the chair is my cup, nine night before Christmas I come to the village.

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Icelandic guessing results

Yes! Somebody (or more than one) came up with the right answer which is dried fish or Harðfiskur as it is called in Iceland.

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Harðfiskur has been an imported source of food in the past and is still enjoyed today where as 200-250 tons of it is produced every year.

The fish is bathed in brine (??? a salty liquid).
Then it is either dried outside for 4-6 weeks or first frozen to be dried inside with warm dry air or salted and dried with cold air.
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Enjoy and do not forget the butter!

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Merry Christmas from Spain!

With this traditional Spanish Carol we want to wish you a Merry Christmas! Have a joyful season!

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Pure Spanish!

…And here are your answers for the typical Spanish food for Christmas!

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As you can see, the right answer is ´Jijona Nougat´, so congratulations!!

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The ingredients we use are sugar, a bit of honey, egg white, grounded almonds, and a little cinnamon.
This is mixed and melted together and then we give it its typical rectangular shape.
This is very typical at Christmas in Spain. This recipe is for soft turrón but you can also have hard turrón, (the two most typical ones) chocolate, and of many different flavours.almendra

This nut is very typical in La Rioja. It´s the almond.

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Another typical product we prepare with almonds is ´garrapiñadas´: We use peeled almonds, coated with caramel sugar and then put into the oven to bake.

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