First Sunday of Advent

A candle is burning, a flame warm and bright; A candle of Hope in December’s dark night. While angels sing blessings from heav’n’s starry sky Our hearts we prepare now, for Jesus is nigh.

Dangerous pastimes

Ikea in December is a dangerous place if you’re trying to be healthy. They have a gingerbread and gløgg-stand every five minutes, and even if you just ate… You will be inspired enough to partake in goods from all of them.

Picture of the month: December 2012

Last year’s Gingerbread house, seen from the top. Although the houses were successful from an aesthetic perspective, they were less good to eat a month after they were made, when they were as hard as Hagrid’s rock cakes. This year, we’ll use the pre-made versions and decorate them instead.

My Christmas tree

This year’s Christmas tree. I’m going for the fake option, unlike most in Norway, as I don’t really have the space for a real one.

Video: Dinner for one

Dinner for one is traditional “Little” Christmas Eve, ie. December 23, watching in Norway. It airs around 8 o’clock in the evening. And it is almost always as fun each year to watch them toast and the stumbling of the butler. In other parts of Europe, it airs on New Year’s Eve.

Norwegian Christmas songs: Vi tenner våre lykter

Marit Larsen, Kråkesølv and the Norwegian Broadcasting Channel’s version of Vi tenner våre lykter. The song is from the television advent calendar, Jul i Skomakergata, which was very popular in the 1980s and 1990s, and I would estimate that quite a lot of 20-30 year olds in Norway know this song. The original behind the… Continue reading Norwegian Christmas songs: Vi tenner våre lykter