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Jólalisti - Christmas List.

  • Nov 21, 2010
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Christmas or Jól as they are called in Iceland (related to the word Yule) is a joyful time in Iceland and traditionally a time of great feasting for the family. Abundance of jucy food and drinks and sweets galore and lots of presents of course. Here is a list of some ot the things that I associate strongly with Christmas.
The Annotated Christmas Carol: A Christmas Carol
The miser Scrooge is visited by three spirits around Christmas with live changing results. This wonderful Christmas story by Charles Dickens is a must for every Christmas, I read it first as a kid and since then I have to read it at every Christmas.This version of the book is really great. The story is well annotated and has a very informative introduction it also has lots of illustrations and photographs. This is the definitive version of this classic.
A Christmas Carol: Unabridged - Anton Lesser.
An audiobook with the compleat story read by Anton Lesser.
A book about all those different versions of the story, the books the movies the plays the cartoons and so on. Published in 1994.
Dicken's Christmas by Simon Callow
The actor Simon Callow has often read Christmas Carol like Dickens did at Christmas time and in this book he describes Victorian Christmas.

Chuck Jones' A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1971)
A good animated version made by Chuck Jones who also made another Christmas Classic the Grinch who stole Christmas. My only critisism is that it is too short.

A Christmas Carol 1938
English movie from 1935 and this is rather good but not a great one. Seymor Hicks plays Scrooge and had played him on stage also. The main problems with this film is it's age and the technical limitations of the time, poor sound and light but it has a nice old fashioned atmosphere.

A Christmas Carol
This movie from 1951 is one of the beast film versions of Christmas Carol and Alastair Sim is wonderful as Scrooge, one good thing about this movie is that it doesn't dumb down the story and it keeps the spooky and macabre elements of it.

Walt Disney Mini Classics - Mickey's Christmas Carol
A rather simplified version of the story, it's OK but it think this is a missed opportunity since these classic Disney Characters could have been so wonderful in this story, after all Scrooge McDuck is named after Scrooge.

The Muppet Christmas Carol
Pure fun here, the Muppets are good in this version of the Classic. Michael Caine is rather good as Scrooge, some songs not so good but overall good fun.

A rather good TV movie with George C. Scott as Scrooge. This is probably best of the made for TV versions.

A Christmas Carol
Patrick Stewart as Scrooge in a good version, only marred by rather grey and bleak settings.

A Christmas Carol (2009)
The latest version with Jim Carrey which uses Motion capture Animation and is thankfuly very faithful to the original. All in all a good movie.

Black Adder's Christmas Carol
In a typical sarcastic Blackadder way this story get's turned upside down.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 movie)
I remember it vividly when I as a kid was sitting in the living room eating sweets and drinking some soft drink and my Mom was preparing Christmas in the kitchen and this wonderful animation by Chuck Jones came on TV with the voice talent of the legendary Boris Karloff. It was both Funny, Scary and Heartwarming. It's been a favorite ever since.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
The Animation was based on this Great book by Seuss.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
A rather good version of the story but still I'm not quite happy with it,  there is a lack of heart and warmth in this film.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie
A classic stop motion animation that has become a Christmas Classic.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Peanuts are Great and this cartoon is a sweet one.

The Night Before Christmas
The Classic Christmas poem by Clement C. Moore in a Beautifuly illustrated version by Jan Brett.
The Snowman/Father Christmas [DVD]
Two animated films based on Raymond Briggs stories. The snowman is the story of a boy and a Snowman he makes who comes to live and the the thrilling adventure they have around Christmas, this film has become a Classic and is shown every Christmas in many countries. Father Christmas is a very funny story of what he does the rest of the year after he has finished his Christmas duties. Two Great Christmas Classics on one DVD.

The music of Bach is indispensable around Christmas it is festive and very ornamental and full of optimism and beauty. Bach was after all the Greatest composer who ever lived.

A Classic Christmas: the Ultimate Collection of Christmas Classics and Carols
Music is a must all year round and specially around Christmas to create the right yule spirit. Here is a Great collection of Classical Christmas pieces and Carols.
Traditional meat at Christmas in Iceland is the bird Tarmagan which is shoot wild in the Icelandic mountains as is the Reindeer, also popular is smoked Pig or Lamb. Many have also, and that inclues me, a Turkey.

The traditional way of celebrating in Iceland is that the Family sits down to dinner around 18:00 on december 24 and after dinner the presents are opened and sweets consumed in copious amonts.
Ris a la mande
For dessert we have a Danish dish made with rice, chopped almonds and whipped cream served with Cherry or Caramel sauce. Then one whole Almond is hidden in one of the bowl and the person who has the almond gets a price.
Kusmi Tea - Christmas tea.
As a passionate Tea lover I must of course get some good Christmas Tea. They are usually black teas spiced with different things like almonds, cinnamon, cloves, lemon and orange peels and safflower petals. Just perfect with some quality chocolates.
Lindt Swiss Tradition
An absolute must around every Christmas is of course a box of good milk Chocolates and Lindt make one of the Best.
Nóa Konfekt
These Chocolates made by an Icelandic candy and chocolate maker Nói Sírius is in every household in Iceland around Christmas.

Nestle Quality Street Premium Chocolates, Toffees, and Caramels
A nostalgic treat for me I can't think of Christmas without these.

The same goes for Allsorts as Quality Street, I've had these every Christmas as far back as I can remember.
Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry
This Sherry from Harveys is perfect for Christmas, very smooth and sweet with a great aroma and taste.

Taylor Fladgate 2003 LBV port
I love the rich, sweet and fruity taste of good Port and Taylor has some of the best.

Tuborg Christmas Brew
A very good Danish Christmas Beer with a good balance between the bitter and the sweet and has a nice malty taste, looks good in the glass and smells wonderful.

Egils Malt og Appelsín
The Icelandic soft drink firm Egils makes these two drinks, Malt and Appelsín. Malt is a sweet Malt drink and Appelsín is an Orange soft drink similar to Fanta.
When these two drinks are blended together something Magical happens and it is a Favorite around Christmas in Iceland.

Laufabrauð is a traditional thin Icelandic deep fried bread which has leaf like patterns cut into it, hence the name Leafbread. Mostly eaten around Christmas with smoked lamb.

Mandarin Orange
These are imported in great quantities around Christmas in Iceland and gobbled down with Great pleasure, the smell and taste of Mandarin Oranges or Mandarínur as they are called in Icelandic, always brings on the Yule Spirit.

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November 22, 2010
Very creative list, Orn! I especially like the sound of all the food and drink items list :D
November 21, 2010
Fun list. The Laufabrauð sounds delicious!
November 21, 2010
It's good, it does not have a strong taste, it's thin and crispy and somehow perfect with smoked leg of lamb wich is a traditional Icelandic dish around Christmas.
November 21, 2010
Leg of lamb sounds delicious too. It's not a meat that we eat very often at all. My wife is Danish so at Xmas we eat the traditional Danish meal, roast pork with the fat rind left and seared to crispness on the outside.
November 21, 2010
Yes that is also a popular dish in Iceland, my family often eat that on New years eve. Iceland was under Danish rule until 1944 so our food traditions are a blend of our own traditions and influence from Danish cooking. But of course now we have influences from all over the world, you know Pizzas Hamburgers, Hot dogs, Chinese and Indian and all that, but around Christmas the old traditions take over.
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I have a BA in Philosophy but my main interest is Music. I play the piano andI have also learned a little to play the Guitar, Violin, Drum Set and the Djembe.   The Music I love the most is … more
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