It is lillejulaften, little Christmas Eve, the day before the festive season stasrt. Here in Norway it is the night for seting up the Chrostmas tree, here in the House in the Woods it is also the night of thje traditional lutefisk party. For many, many years now, we have filled the big diningroom table with guests, serving the traditional lutefisk dinner.
Today was supposed to be a bit different though, and it turned out it was, though in another way than planned.
It started with a phone from our daughter Ingrid some time ago. "Will you have your lutefisk party this year". "Well", I replied, "we are not quite sure, I guess so but no plans have been made yet." Then another phone from Ingrid a few days later. "My mother in law is coming down from Lofoten for Christmas. She will come with her car filled with fish from Lofoten, and she wants to invite you to lutefisk in our home on lillejulaften." I smiled for a long time then. Yes, to be invited to a lutefisk party! Both Terje and I simply love lutefisk.
As you already know, last weekend we all got a stomach bug. We are fine again now, but as soon as Ingrid´s mother in law came, she got it too. This resulted in another phone call from Ingrid. "Sorry, my mil is sick and we have no idea how to prepare lutefisk. There will be no party on lillejulaften.
So in the end Terje and I had our own lutefisk dinner for two.
And we loved it.
Deck the halls.
Now we are ready for Christmas.
Starting with a family reice porridge lunch tomorrow.