Christmas is a special time of the year for me. It is not because of the gifts or shopping. You see so many smiling faces and people are nicer (or maybe I am less observant before the season). People are more giving and forgiving.
When I was living in the Philippines, I was looking forward to the midnight mass (16- 25 dec), the smell of chestnut, rice cakes after the mass and the food in the kitchen. Yes, I was even looking forward to the children who come to sing christmas carols, irritating they may be sometimes.
We have our small traditions here too. At 19:30, my family gather around to see christmas tv. This year, we are watching “Jul i Valhall” (Christmas in Valhall). It is a danish christmas series on TV2. After, we change the TVnorge and watch the hilarious “Jul i Tøyengata.” (Christmas in Tøyen street) We are childish, yes.
Pepperkake is one thing that we always have during this season. Since I am really bad at baking, I buy boxes of them.
Some parents, make their own julekalender. We bought ours. Kids open a window from first of december to the 24th of december. They get a toy, candy or chocolate.
I have taken the christmas decorations from the storage but I have not started putting them up yet. I hope I would soon before christmas is over. Hohoho!