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!

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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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Christmas is comming

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The Christmas season is soon upon us. This Sunday it’s the first Sunday of Advent and for me that is when Christmas kicks off. I have bought a couple of presents that I’m going to send in the post and I’ve recieved a Christmas calendar from my Mum.  But I’m waiting with most stuff till after Sunday to try my best to contain Christmas to a limited period.

Christmas is for me a busy, but wonderful time of year. Filled with wonders and kindness, family and friends. 

I wish to say Happy Thanksgiving  to all my American friends and hope the week is good to everyone.   

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.