We’re getting into the Holday spirit here at the WriggleButtHome. Mom’s been tidying up the place a little. You don’t really have time for that sort of stuff when you’re studying for exams… Two machines of laundry, too, but still more saved up for later. We’ve had a few of her study buddies over for a little treat after all the studying. They’ve decorated some more cookies and chatted and have nice hot cups of “gløgg” a kind of mulled wine served with chopped almonds and raisins (Mom only have the almonds in there). Now the entire apartment smells sooo good of Christmasy smells.
Here are a couple of pix of the result:
This one might not be too edible. It’s sort of a sugary decoupage. White frosting plus the top layer of a cute paper napkin.
They chatted more than they decorated, so some of the dancing gingerbread men remained naked.
She’s even got up a little Christmas tree! She’s not all that fond of fake trees or decorating the tree before December 23rd, but apparently all rules are forgotten? (Mom: if we were spending Christmas here I would have had to get a proper tree and follow the rules, but this tiny thing doesn’t really feel like a tree, it’s more just a decorational object. But I do get to display a few of my very cute ornaments, and it made it a bit more Christmasy here when we had guests over.) She wrapped the entire table in alu-foil, made 3 colors of frosting and white, green and blue colored shredded coconut and some assorted candies to decorate with.
I even got to make an apperance in my Santa suit!
PS: Mom found the following recipe in case anyone would like to try to make gløgg! http://manitouheights.com/rms/gloegg.shtml From looking at it Mom’s guessing it won’ taste quite like ours but it might be worth a try if you’re looking for a new kind of drink to serve guests. The pineapplejuice, figs and ginger slices are not in any Norwegian recipes I’ve seen (pineapple juice wasn’t something you could get here back in the days so that must be a recent addition, but dried figs were common for Christmas and still are for many) and candied orange peel could be substituded with regular orange or lemon peel which is what you see in most recipes).
Hey Gingerbread Man – we’ve got a tip for you:
Don’t eat the yellow snow! Hehehe…
Mom was at a friends house today decorating cookies…
And our favourites:
Hahahaha… Now don’t they look classy? Potato chip bikini and all…
We’ve finally got snow. There’s been a little dusting now and then, but the stuff that fell yesterday is still making everything white! Yay! I’m of course out there making all the white stuff yellow. Heheeh…
They’ve also made a little forest outside just for ME! But Mom refuses me both to go in there and to pee on them alle like I’m supposed to.. Sigh..
Today is Santa Lucia (Saint Lucy)’s day.
This is what Wikipedia says:
Saint Lucy’s Day or the Feast of St. Lucy (Santa Lucia, Saint Lucia or sometimes Lucia for
short) is the Church feast day dedicated to St. Lucy and is observed on December 13. It retains traditional forms of celebration mainly in Scandinavia, parts of the United States and southern Europe. It is celebrated in Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Finland, Malta, Italy, Bosnia, Iceland, Bavaria and Croatia. In the United States, people in areas of Minnesota, and other states with Scandinavian roots, continue to celebrate the holiday, often centered around church events. Before the reform of the Gregorian calendar in the 16th century, St. Lucy’s Day fell close to the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. In Scandinavia this was also the date in the Gregorian calendar earlier celebrated by the heathen population that was afraid of Lucifer, a celebration that still somewhat lives today through the tradition of Lucevaka – to stay awake on the night between 12th till 13th and guard oneself against being taken by Lucifer lord of darkness by having an all night party. This is still carried out today mostly by the younger population having great parties. When the light then arrives with the morning you are safe again. In traditional celebrations, Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets. It is one of the few saint days observed in Scandinavia. In some forms, a procession is headed by one girl wearing a crown of candles (or lights), while others in the procession hold only a single candle each.
Here’s a video from Sweden. Usually this is mainly an event for younger kids, but the song is the same.
I had my final exam (this year) yesterday. I have left the boys behind where they will be properly spoilt and took the train up further north to the city Trondheim to visit. A few relaxing days will be great and then back home to the boys for the last day of pre-Christmas relaxing and giftshopping and so on, too.
Hope you all have a great weekend! I’m alreading reading on my syllabus for next semester. I actually finished Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing on the train up here. It’s easier to get ahead when some of the books you have to finish are novels rather than text books.