Christmas moments

I like how Christmas is celebrated so extensively here in Norway, from Lillejulaften (Little Christmas) on the 23rd to the Romjul period lasting until New Year’s eve. The long holiday season allows for relaxation, good food, and spending time with loved ones.

As last year, we had traditional Christmas food over the days: risgrøt, ribbe, ham, potatoes, apple cake, marzipan, and lots of chocolate.

Romjul is also a nice time to really look back on the past year and make plans for the new one. Hope you have a relaxing and reflective romjul 🙂

‘Tis the season

December always seems to fly by – I cannot believe it is already one week until Christmas! This is my favourite time of the year in Norway because of the warmth emitted amidst the cold winter air – the spirit of Christmas brought by…

…a well-lit city

December is the only month of the year when the shops are open on Sunday (automatically making it the best month, in my opinion) and most streets in Oslo light up, adding much-needed warmth and brightness to the cold, dark winter days.

…interesting meals with family and friends

We had our annual family pinnekjøtt dinner and FSO Christmas party earlier this month and enjoyed catching up with relatives and friends we do not often meet.

…Christmas-edition beverages

While some like gløgg and julebrus, I opted for a taste of home via Starbucks. More on those traditional Norwegian Christmas drinks in another post 😉

…festive decorations everywhere

What I like about Christmas in Norway is that it is celebrated without a religious tone. As I mentioned last year, Norwegians are not celebrating the birth of Christ, but the beginning of lighter days returning – definitely something to rejoice if you only get 2-3 hours of sunlight a day.

Have a lovely week ahead and good luck with any Christmas preparations you have left! 🙂

XOXO HONG PHUC