Norway with a difference
Like most countries, Norway has christmas traditions that should not be broken, at any cost. Christmas, called “jul” here, actually predates the christianization of the country, and although we don’t know much about how the old heathens celebrated, we know that they used to sacrifice animals and drink beer. In other words, their rituals weren't totally different from ours. The preparations for the modern holiday season begin in early December, with the baking of Christmas cookies (seven different kinds, at minimum), buying christmas gifts and the significantly less fun act of cleaning houses and apartments. Needless to say, a Norwegian stressed out of his mind is not an uncommon sight during December.