This is the view from grandpa’s terrace.. Not bad, huh?
His knee isn’t beeing very good to him, so he can’t walk too much, but he can carry his kayak down to the beach and go anywhere on the fjord!
Mom and I stayed on the solid ground.
That wasn’t too bad either!
Now isn’t that rather idyllic? 🙂
I hope you’re still all having FUN!
Stockings on the table in the morning – the ones Grandpa use when skiing, actually.
After dinner we piled the gifts on the coffee table – the tiny tree didn’t leave much room underneath for it for gifts so we decided to go practical this year.
Virus found a comfy spot.
We all got lots of pressies.
Even the various animals – but this one wasn’t for Virus even if he tried to steal it.
Hope you all have great a Christmas!
It’s almost 5PM here – and when the clock turns 5 all church bells across the country will ring to mark the starting of the Holiday. Poor Rudolph is roasted and potatoes and all the other extras are on the stove… Soon there will be yummy, yummy dinner.. (Sorry about Rudolph.. BOL)
So… It’s the day before Christmas in Norway. Usually refered to as “little Christmas Eve”.. I don’t think this day has a name of its own in English.. but then again most English speakers celebrate on December 25 and not 24. We’ve all travelled to Grandpa’s house and settled in… and done the traditional decorating!
Yesterday Mom baked some gingerbread cookies. Actually they’re not completely the same, but not too different. Norwegian ones (pepperkaker meaning pepper cookies(cakes)) just tend to contain more spices.
Tonight the humans decorated (rather quick and not too elaborate.. lol..) a little house, too! It’s all rather exotic looking with elephant and crocodiles… Mom likes her cookie cutters and tend to collect the weird shapes…
God jul = Merry Christmas
Remember we told you Grandpa has a REAL tre – that is still alive? It’s been out on his terrace all summer and is now in during winter.. Ha ha.. How cool is that? It’s still a pretty tiny tree, though, but we don’t mind too much. Mom mumbled something about it being nice having it up on the table where none of us furkids will destroy anything.. Hmmm…
Isn’t it looking rather cute when it’s decorated? It’s just in a plain black plastic pot so Mom put som alu foil around it (and when decorating it tied some decor, too) to make it look pretty(ier) on the table.
Now we’re about to head off for bed. Technically it’s after midnight and allready Christmas Eve (in the morning.. ironically..). Tomorrow morning mom and auntie will be getting stockings! Haha… They were so annoying when they were kids Grandpa and Grandma continued giving stockings after they lived in Canada to get some peace and quiet while doing preparations. And they still do – with fruit, candy and perpaps one of Norways many Christmas cartoon magazines.
I hope you’re all doing great and apologize for not visiting you all nearly enough… It’s just hard to get time in on the computer with all the stuff going on.
So.. In Norway there’s this tradition of making rice porridge – risgrøt – around Christmas. We have it for dinner (! I’m sure lots of you find that weird 😉 ) all through the year really – usually on Saturdays – but it’s something special for Christmas. Traditionally people on the farms all around Norway would make a bowl for the “nisse” for Christmas so he’d be happy. Many still do! We have a rice-porridge based dessert after Christmas dinner in my family (my favourite!) and so do very many other Norwegians on Christmas Eve. Usually you make a big batch on December 23rd, have it for supper and then use the rest to make dessert!
I won’t be making dessert around here, but I made some today! Yum!
300 ml water
150 ml short grain rice
700 ml whole milk
1tsp vanilla sugar
pinch of salt
First you bring the water to the boil along with the rice and let it simmer until the water is absorbed. Add the milk and simmer at minimum heat for 40-60 minutes until the porridge is just pourable in consistency – it should not be stiff/lumpy but not watery either. Stir in salt and vanilla. Traditionally it’s served with a sprinkling og cinnamon and sugar and a little knob of butter in the middle.
Boiling my porridge!
All done! I eat my “risgrøt” with sugar only.. I’m generally a bit weird, so I don’t do it the regular way.. He he.. But it should preferably be served with a red, berry-flavoured drink (and I really mean something actuallly made of fruit…).