End of 2014

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Another year is coming to an end the year has been filled with a lot of different things. ¬†All in all I feel very lucky to be living in a place like Norway every time I turn on or read the news. There has been a lot of disasters and wars this year an it has me sometimes wondering what the world is coming to. Among other things there is Ukraine, Syria, Gaza a more unstable Russia. More extreme weather, natural disasters, Ebola and a lot of other bad stuff. But it is important to remember that there is a lot of good in this world, and even if there is a lot of bad out there it’s important to live your life and be thankful for the good things and the good people in your life. I hope that 2015 will be a year where the world is more stable but I know that things will not be perfect.

In 2015 I wish I have more time and energy to spend on my friends and family, that I find the time to read more books and that I will have the opportunity to travel to nice and exiting places. I hope I will get better at handling change and that I’ll be better at dealing with the stress that comes my way, both for my own sake and for those closest to me.

I hope 2015 will be a great year for all of you with a lot of good.

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White Christmas

Christmas decoration

Christmas decoration

Christmas eve started out really wet and miserable weather wise. Just by leaving the house to get in to the car you’d get soaked. Luckily it was nice inside the house. Nice decorations was put up the food that was cooking left the house smelling really nice. The TV was on and tuned in to the Christmas specials, that is on every year. And when it was time for guest the whole house was filled with our near and dear.

Table set for party

Table set for party

The food was nice, we went caroling round the christmas tree, santa came to visit with more gifts than any heart could desire. And as we sat down to relax and enjoy some more food and sweets it started snowing. As everybody knows Christmas is not about the weather, but I can vouch for the fact that having the snow come down was an added bonus to the already nice party.

Snow!

Snow!

So today we have enjoyed a nice christmas brunch, had a little walk in the snow and now it’s time to sit dow and relax before we’re going to a christmas party to some of the relatives that was not here yesterday.

Hope you all have a nice time this christmas regardless of how you spend it.

Christmas is coming (from 2014)

Posted this last year, but I still like to listen to these songs to get in the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas is coming, the gifts on the calendar is fewer every day, the shops are full of people with lots of shopping bags. Most of them look stressed. As a very big fan of christmas I do everything I can to avoid stress in this period. I spend time with family and friends, enjoy walking the decorated streets and going in to get a gift or two that is left on the list. I love listening to christmas music and singing along to them. There are many songs I really like to hear before christmas below you can find links to three of the ones I like the most.

The first is in Norwegian, but the lyrics are translated to english as a subtitle :

The second is a really cheesy classic:

And the third is the soundtrack of a lovely film that always gets me in the christmas spirit:

But the weather is acting weird for this time of year. We have a lot of rain, this is not very unusual, but there has bein a lot of hail, thunder and lighting. I refuse to let this take down my spirit and will still meet up with friends, go shopping for the last presents and go to a pre-christmas party this weekend.

 

 

St. Lucy’s day

Lussekatt and marzipan :)

Lussekatt and marzipan ūüôā

Yesterday was St Lucy’s day.¬†Here is some of the things Wikipedia has to say about the day:

Saint Lucy’s Day is on 13 December, in Advent. Her feast once coincided with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year before calendar reforms, so her feast day has become a festival of light.[1][2] St. Lucy‚Äôs Day is celebrated most commonly inScandinavia, with their long dark winters, where it is a major feast day, and in Italy, with each emphasizing a different aspect of the story.

In Scandinavia, where Lucy is called Lucia, she is represented by a person dressed in a white dress and red sash with a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In both Norway and Sweden, girls (or sometimes boys) dressed as Lucy carry rolls and cookies in procession as songs are sung. It is said that to vividly celebrate St. Lucy’s Day will help one live the long winter days with enough light.

I did not walk around with a white dress or candles all day, but I did go to the bakery and got myself a “lussekatt” a safon bun that is the traditional pastry for the holiday. I also enjoyed some of the marzipan we made last week.

Today I’m going to my parents place to eat a Norwegian christmas dish called Lutefisk, this litterally means lye fish, and it it actually just that. Dispite the weirdness it tastes really good.

Hope you all are enjoying a good advent-weekend.

Christmas time

Christmas lights in Stavanger

Christmas lights in Stavanger

Christmas is coming and preparations are well on way. Last sunday was first sunday of advent and the traditional lighting of the christmas tree was on. I was there and soaked up the christmas spirit.

One of Stavangers streets

One of Stavangers streets

So far I’ve gotten a christmas calendar from my parents, just like last year.¬†Played two christmas concerts, started looking for presents and other little preparations.

Window decoration in sport shop

Window decoration in sport shop

Friday we went out for a christmas dinner with some good friends and ate traditional norwegian christmas food. I had something called pinnekj√łtt, that literally translates to stick meat, it’s a salty lamb meat and I really enjoyed it.

Pinnekj√łtt

Pinnekj√łtt

Today we gathered at my parents place to make marzipan and eat. Due to playing at a christmas concert I missed the traditional making of other christmas pastry, but at least I got some of them home to eat.