As much as I love my ancestors I cannot celebrate their Christmas traditions. To do so would be like turning my back on the old Gods and Goddesses to celebrate the birth of Christ. I also will not turn the calendar back to the ancient Pagan days and kill various livestock, and sprinkle the blood over the images of the Gods and Goddesses and sprinkle some on myself. My modern compromise is to perform a ritual thanking the Gods and the Goddesses and my ancestors for the season, my life and all that I have. The feast that follows is a Jul Fest not to be outdone. Like my modern Norwegian counterparts I do leave a little food offering outside for the Nisse. At night I light the Jul log, using a small piece from last years log, and I sit there quietly honoring Sunna and Mother - Earth, Jord, Thor, and many others, including ancestors with toasts of mead or wine.
The one tradition I do keep with my Norwegian ancestors is the Jul Geit, or Yule Goat. These days they hang them on their Christmas trees as ornaments, but for me these little straw statues represent Thor's goats, which in the Eddas he would periodically slaughter for food, and then resurrect the next morning with his hammer. These straw goats represented an endless supply of food which in ancient times would have been much envied during those cold long winters in Scandinavia. They may have even have honored them in the hope that Thor would bless them with enough food for the winter months. Anyway, to me they represent the plenty of the season and my thanks to Mighty Thor for providing it.
Everyone celebrates Jul slightly differently and like other rituals and festivals I believe that as long as you do it with love and the best of intentions the Gods and Goddesses will be pleased with your effort. Don't forget to include your ancestors in any and all parts of the ritual and feast. For the recently departed it is nice to leave out a plate of food for them. I wish you all a ,"God Jul og Godt Nyttar, eller Alle gode onsker for julen og det Nye Aret. ( Happy Yule and happy New Year or, All good wishes for the Yule and the New Year).
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !