Merry Christmas/God jul

Want to wish everyone a merry Christmas! In Norway today is the day we open our gifts and celeberate. I will be spending Christmas with family.

Hope your Christmas is wonderful!

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Almost Christmas

Last week there was a bit of snow

It’s almost Christmas again, and as some of you might know I am a big fan of Christmas. And I have a lot of things that I love doing in the month of December. This year I have, so far, not been able to do it all. This due to the fact that I came down with a really bad case of the flu at the beginning of the month. This still has me feeling off and I can’t really do too much before I get really tired.

But I was able to attend the lighting of the Christmas tree in town with my family. I have gone to this event every time I had the opportunity ever since I was a child and it always helps put me in the Christmas spirit. And I was lucky enough to be able to attend a lovely Christmas  concert that really put me in the Christmas spirit (it was a lovely concert, but some of the spirit might have come from the fever).

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Wonderful Christmas concert with Helene Bøksle at a church

I have also been able to join my family in our yearly tradition of baking Christmas cookies together. And I have gotten most of the Christmas presents when I went shopping one day with my mother and one with my brother. The two of us managed to buy 7 gifts in under an hour as we decided to go shopping just as the stores had opened, so it was before the biggest rush of people kicked in.

Today I’m getting together with members of my family to eat dinner, make marzipan and watch the finals of the Woman’s Handball World Championship where we hope Norway will win over France.

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Fudge Hot Chocolate is very nice on a cold winter day

Christmas is over

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Table ready for Christmas party

Christmas is over for this year. For me Christmas of 2015 has been celeberated with my family. We spent Christmas eve with my Dad’s side of the family at my uncle’ s house. I had obviously been nice this year because I got a lot of nice gifts. Including a new nespresso machine from my better half! It was a lovely evening with great food, good conversations and lovely people.

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Christmas napkins

The next day we spent with my Mother ‘ s side of the family at my parents’ house as every good Christmas party there was once again great food and great people!

The only downside this year is that I picked up a nasty cold and has spent all this Christmas with a head threatning to explode a fever and all that fun stuff. So all the time I wasn’t trying to stay awake at the Christmas parties I spent in bed or on the couch at my parents house.

Hope that all of you has had a very enjoyable Christmas!

Great Readers!

The best thing about blogging are the readers and mine are really valuable to me.  I love interacting with them on my blog and on theirs. Thank you so much for being the best!

The wonderful Doug over at https://dougstuber.wordpress.com/ left me two amazing poems as comments today. I was thrilled! What a wonderful Christmas surprise. They are way too good to be hidden away in the comments so I wanted to share them with you all!

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On Florence Flashback

Ah Tuscany….
At a Marina
She walks back from the beach victorious, having
scored two of the finest rolled buritos to go with the
usual six pack, Jack, crunchy snacks She looks briefly at
fleeting passersby who glance into her soft eyes as she
extends her stride. Suddenly, summer. Your Danzi thrusts
across the bay. On a hill by the lake, pastoral love brings
back memories, but you’re here to make a new present, not
to wallow in the past. According to her own reports, she’s
going to be understanding, strict, unyielding, happy, in control
and in command, which means she expects you to shed your
ego and pull into her marina, but your Danzi is built for two, so
our friends will have to ski in this wild, untamed watercourse.
You’d better “set the controls for the heart of the sun”
because this Siren has extra large ambition and it will
be your job to reel her in, or hitch on to a ride that may
soar or crash. How did she find you? Does she have any idea?
Where will her friends allow her to go? Three arches tower
over ancient universal doorways. Two types of lovers play
in peace, away from the ravages dealt to those living over
oil. You pull in, she welcomes, thinks, wonders, imagines.

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And on Stavanger’s Most Decorated Pub:

I love your blog. Merry Christmas!

Christmas love
spreads joyfully to
friends, new and old, as
natural as mountain streams
flow under

ice and snow
still moving, to join.
Harmony
comes from sharing a
round table. Buddha

Mohammad,
Jesus, Confucius,
Abraham, Gandhi
and Luther invite a pope
to break bread

under one God
that all pray to here
in Gwangju,
there in Amsterdam,
and Davao, where the

hunt for food
and water reverts to old
ways, not the
usual Christmas,
but children scramble

for goodies
like coconuts, fruit, rare meat
while we feast
on turkey, baked so
well, spring rolls folded

and rolled by
hands so delicate you can’t
imagine
what they’ve done. Merry
Christmas everyone.

Saint Lucy’s Day

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Today is Saint Lucy’s Day and after a hectic week with work and Christmas concerts I had a very quiet day. I went for a walk in the cold crisp air and sunshine. Taking caution on the icy road.

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I was at a birthday party for a one year old and got served safron buns called “lussekatt” in Norwegian. And when I went to do some shopping I met a Saint  Lucy parade in the shopping centre.

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