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According to Wikipedia fewer than 1 in 5 Norwegians and Swedes eat lutefisk at Christmas time, yet here in America (and in Canada) consumption of the lye soaked fish is far higher among those who's ancestors come from Norway and Sweden. Why? What's the point of "lye flavored fish gelatin" that keeps Americans eating it?
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Distance from one's homeland (either literal or cultural) amplifies the traditions that can be carried from that place.
"I may not have fjords, or national health care, or buxom blonde trim as far as the eye can see, or Laplanders, but at least I've got my lutefisk!"
Time passed since emigration also separates the reason for the practice from the logic of the practitioner, I imagine.
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When lutefisk is outlawed, only outlaws will have lutefisk.
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