Tomtegröt/Plot porridge

  

I don’t care about Christmas that much in these days. But when I was a kid I thought it was a magic time of the year. Not for the presents or anything else in particular. I liked the atmosphere and the “tomte” stories.

I still like the tomte stories. Not the ones of Santa, but the ones of our elfs. We call them house-tomte. You can read more here:

Tomte – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomte

One of the Old Christmas traditions here in Scandinavia I really like because it’s about sharing. Like Danny at http://dreambigdreamoften.co says: sharing is caring.

Our little house tomtar helps us, without us seing them. At Christmas night we thank them by giving them a bowl of tomtegröt, which is Plot porridge or rice pudding in translation.

We put it out on the porch at night and when the morning comes the bowl is empty.

I think that’s a great symbolic way to share and care for little creatures that we don’t see and really don’t know much about.

Do they really exist, you might ask and I say, they exists as much as we do, we just don’t take notice of them these days. They exist in my head anyway 🙂

I wish you all a merry whatever you want to celebrate or not celebrate. I think you should do what you wanna do, not what others want you to do.

But look out for the elfs!

Anna

  

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20 comments on “Tomtegröt/Plot porridge

  1. Is the bowl actually empty in the morning ?
    I thrived on Enid Blyton’s enchanted stories as a child and used to often wish I could see an elf, or a pixie or a gnome. I used to think, perhaps they are seen only in England.
    It was a nice time. Childhood and idyllic ones are great for memories sake.
    Susie

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  2. It is fun to learn about the traditions from other places. I like your house elves. We have had the elf on the shelf running loose here in the USA. Some of those elves get into some trouble.

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