Þorláksmessa is an observance of Iceland's only saint and is always celebrated on the 23rd of December.
Þorlákur was a 12th century Icelandic bishop, who was revered as the patron saint of Iceland after his death in 1193. He was (finally) canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1985. - Jol in Iceland
Traditionally, we would have eaten fermented fish, but in reality, no Minnesotan of sound mind would consider this a meal. I've tried it. I don't want to talk about it. As with most immigrants, our family has modified certain elements of tradition because of what is available (and edible) here in Minnesota. So the menu will include hangikjöt (smoked lamb), creamed potatoes, sweet/sour red cabbage and fried flat bread called laufabrauð.
I just learned tonight from my mother-in-law that the cream was used to cover up the potatoes which were
often bruised, rotting and 'unsightly' this time of year.
|Those are my twerps.|
|That's Lumpy and me.|