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Merry Christmas

The gifts are opened and we’ve had a lovely christmas so far. May it continue to be so for one and all.

So read good books, enjoy good company, drink some wine (or not if that’s your fancy), eat good food and keep having a good christmas.

Solan is enjoying his first Christmas.

Tim Minchin sums up rather nicely what christmas means for me. Wrong part of the world for white wine in the sun in December, but we’ve had some inside.

 

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Meet me on Monday : Christmas Edition

Meet me on Monday!! is a meme sponsored by Never Growing Old.

She says: “Blogging is a funny thing…we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, “who is this person!?” I know them…but yet I don’t know them! I want to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great way for all of us to “meet” each other!

Every Sunday Never Growing Old will post five get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!

Today’s questions and answers:

Winter solstice tree by Dimland. Shared under CC BY-NC-ND 2.5

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Both, depending on the gift and what I have available.

2. Real or artificial tree?
Real. I want an artificial one, but Kristin says NO.

3. When do you put your tree up?
On December 23rd. I don’t like starting christmas too early and would have preferred the morning of christmas eve, but I got voted down again. I don’t think many Norwegians put them up much before christmas, so we find it odd that some people have them up for a month or so before.

4. When do you take your tree down?
Around the 21st day of christmas (around January 14th). As mentioned, I don’t like starting too early, but I do want to keep all the lights and decorations around for a while.

5. Do you like eggnog?
In VERY small amounts. For a traditional christmas drink I prefer Gløgg.

6. Do you have a nativity scene?
I think Kristin has a small one. We try to keep our home and decorations secular, but she has the odd lapses into old habits.

7. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Love Actually.

Some of my baking from last christmas.

8 .Favorite Christmas cookie?
Not really. There are several I like, but no favorites.

9. Where will you eat Christmas dinner?
We will eat at home. Kristin’s mother and sister w/family are coming to our place on christmas eve.

10. Angel, bow or star on top of your tree?
Star.

11. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
That it’s so dark, cold and slippery outside.

12. Do you like Fruitcake?
Yes. Well, most of them.

Solan is going to love having a tree inside.

13. What are you most excited about the holidays?
Celebrating christmas with Kristin in our own home for the first time. Since we got together we’ve been spending christmas eve apart, I’m looking forward to the end of that. I’m also looking forward to (or dreading, can’t decide…) Solan’s reaction to getting a tree inside.

14. Do you open presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
Christmas eve. That’s the traditional Norwegian way, and then we can sleep in on christmas morning.

15. Will you still be wrapping presents on Christmas Eve?
Nope. I’m delivering the last one today. This year I’ve been good.

Yoda Santa and other Christmas heroes

Blastr.com has publishd 30 jolly mashups to put us in a christmas mood.

Yoda is the cutest!

December 25th – Christmas Day

Like a lot of other atheists I really like christmas. I like the candles, the colors, the christmas songs (not all the dodgy lyrics), the smell of cooking and the taste of the chrismas food. I really understand that people in the northern hemisphere have been celebrating the winter solstice for a long time, long before christianity hijacked it. I’m also pleased that in Norway we still use the ancient, heden word “jul” (related to and pronounced like “yule”) for this holiday. For me christmas is an opportunity to spend time with my family, and I happen to like them all a lot.

This song by Tim Minchin describes a lot of my feelings towards christmas. I’m lucky enough to live close to my family, but gladly admit to wanting to live somewhere where drinking white wine in the sun is a more likely scenario than shuffling snow. I’d also love for my dad to still be around, we all miss him.

December 24th – Merry Christmas!

December 23rd – The Evening before the Evening

The floors are clean and all the christmas decorations are in their right place. We’ve also bought all the food we’ll need, so christmas can come any time it wants.

For people from other countries I should explain the title on this blog post….in Norway christmas eve is the big day.

For once I’ve also managed to write the traditonal christmas letter, maybe not that traditional as I rarely get around to writing it. But, this this year I managed to do it.

December 22nd – Books and stufff

This questions have turned up on several Norwegian blogs lately, among them Migrating Coconuts, Bokdama, Les mye and Julies bokbabbel. Here is an English version of the questions with my answers.

Sparkling Christmas Tree by christmasstockimages.com under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

1. Which book do you want for christmas?
I’m in the weird situation that there aren’t that many books I want right now. It might have something to do with the piles of unread books waiting on the bookshelves. In spite of this I constantly find myself buying new books for my Kindle and feel that the best book gift just now would be a gift certificate on Amazon.com. That would protect my credit card from some of the damage like the pre-order of Doomsday book a few minutes ago – I’ve been waiting for the kindle edition of this book since I got my Kindle, and the likely ordering of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe that will soon take place. Oh, by the way, I want The Eyre Affair and the rest of Jasper Fforde’s books about Thursday Next (The Eyre Affair is available on Kindle, but not for me here in Norway…I can’t express how idiotic I find this!)

2) If you could give a book to a well known person, who would you choose and which book?
I would have given Ulovlig Norsk (Illegally Norwegian) by Maria Amelie to every Norwegian politician. They need to read it.

3) Mention a book you plan to give away for christmas.
There are three books on my give-away-list this years. Syren, no.5 in the series about Septimus Heap by Angie Sage (Norwegian version) and Lasarusfenomenet by Kjetil Johnsen. The third I won’t mention as I suspect the person getting it of reading this blog now and then.

4) Do you have any christmas traditions that you follow every year?
I have to bake the cakes called chessboards in Norway, it’s really the only christmas cookies I must have. I also don’t want any christmas decorations before December 20th or so, that way I can enjoy it all to around January 13th without getting sick of it. Lots of christmas music is also important.

5) What kind of christmas dinners do you eatl?
Lutefisk and/or pinnekjøt (Western Norwegian specialitites) on christmas night (the main time here in Norway), and the same or elk steak on christmas day and boxing day.

6) What do you want for christmas in addition to the book(s) already mentioned?
We want a good food processor, but don’t feel that the chances are any good this year. A Nespresso coffee machine would also be nice, but that doesn’t come on the serious wish list until we move to somewhere with a bigger kitchen. We also need some duvet covers and pillow cases for the bed. I also want a new camera (the old one has had too many falls and now the battery won’t stay in place), new red shoes with heels that aren’t too tall (I saw some early in December but didn’t buy them. Darn. All that’s left in the shops now are the one with 5 inch heels, and I can’t walk in those), hiking shoes, a nice rainbow necklace, dvd with different tv-series like Doctor Who and Babylon 5, and knitted socks. Peace on earth would have been nice too, and I’d gladly give up all my christmas gifts for that.

How about you?

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