My first Thanksgiving in Norway

Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays in America, so of course I had to celebrate it here in Norway as well. As Ayn Rand said,

Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday. In spite of its religious form (giving thanks to God for a good harvest), its essential, secular meaning is a celebration of successful production. It is a producers’ holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production. Abundance is (or was and ought to be) America’s pride—just as it is the pride of American parents that their children need never know starvation.

From the bountiful amounts eaten at the Thanksgiving feast on Thursday to the lavish amounts spent at shops on Black Friday, America truly embraces the spirit of abundance on Thanksgiving weekend.

My parents-in-law have never celebrated Thanksgiving because it has never really caught on anywhere other than America, so this year was the first Thanksgiving in Norway for all of us. I truly enjoyed celebrating this year’s Thanksgiving with my family 🙂

We had asparagus wrapped in bacon for appetizer and honey turkey with mashed potatoes and broccoli, followed by a Norwegian dessert that consisted of heated berries and vanilla sauce. The meal was easy to make and exquisitely delicious!

 

Black Friday is actually quite big in Norway, so I spent most of the morning shopping at Sandvika Storsenter 🙂 It’s a really great opportunity to get Christmas presents for everyone (and yourself, too!), so do not miss out! Here are some of my favourite finds:

Now, I have to prepare to go to a concert by the Oslo Philharmonic at Oslo Konserthus…will tell you about the rest of my Thanksgiving weekend later 😉 Have a wonderful weekend!

XOXO HONG PHUC

Launch party for Norwegian Fashion House

Hope you are all having a splendid weekend! Mine has been quite busy, from the launch party at Norwegian Fashion House on Friday to Christmas shopping and meeting up with friends yesterday. Today, I am unwinding from all the activities by curling up with a good book and sipping coffee. By the way, have I told you that I managed to finally find Vietnamese coffee in Oslo? Soooo happy!

Anyway, here are some pictures from the launch party for Norwegian Fashion House at Sirkus on Friday. The venue is an eclectic mix of modern disco balls and baroque chandeliers.

In addition to the goodiebags and glasses of pink champagne was a fashion show put on by the Fashion Bandits, showcasing Norwegian Couture, Rebeca Rebeca, By Monica Høyer, and Kepaza by Pernille Fristad. Here is a sneak peek:

I spotted a few familiar faces and got to network with a diverse range of people from the industry, so all in all the party was a great start to the weekend! Many thanks to the crew at Norwegian Fashion House for organising the event 🙂

Enjoy your Sunday and upcoming week!

XOXO HONG PHUC

P.S. I love this trailer and just wanted to give it a place in the blog. Enjoy!