"10 on 10" ...December, Holiday spirit...

on 09 desember 2016

Hi there,

How is your holiday spirit? What do you do to get in the Spirits of Christmas? Do you celebrate Christmas? I do, and this year the spirit is really distant to me. That makes me search even more. Some how I begun to dislike the way we celebrate Christmas, it seems it is a Holiday for all the wrong reasons. Materialistic, eating like there is no tomorrow, sitting in front of the TV or computer all day long. I guess this is why I really have to dig deep inside to find the magic and the peace that this holiday used to bring.

I started at my local garden store, they always decorate so pretty, and it seems to help. The only thing that didn't help was the darkness outside of the greenhouses, the hard rain on the windows. When I was younger there were snow and cold weather this time of the year.

When I saw this picture, I really liked the letters and regret not buying them. Jul means Christmas in Norwegian.

Some alternative and joyful decorations are filling the stores this year.

Welcome to a winter wonderland

Another tradition I have is to make Christmas cookies, in Norway we have a tradition that says it is not Christmas if you don't bake 7 different kinds of Christmas cookies. We call it "Sju slag" - I am not finished, but I had to photograph some of my cookies. In front is one of my favorites, potetmelstopper, made of potato flour.

Serinakaker, with almonds

And for me there is not Christmas without Risboller - fluffy, puffed rice with chocolate

The Christmas cookies are kept in tin jars, and are served to all times when coffee is served during Christmas, some people start serving them in the beginning of December, so that we are well fed and so sick of them until next Christmas, when we bake again and have forgotten how stuffed we were last time

Some behind the scenes, photographing my baked goods.

Now I will encourage you to continue around this blog circle, and I am proud to point you over to Luciane Steiner and her beautiful images.


Merry Christmas to all of you, and I wish each and every one of you the best for the upcoming new year

 

Lots of LOVE from Norway,

Trini, Trine Lise

 

 

Comments (6)

  1. Kim Bajorek

Hi Trini! Wow! Christmas is so different in Norway. I'm sorry you are not surrounded by snow yet! That will be very pretty when nit comes. Thank you for sharing your feelings and these beautiful images. And even behind-the-scenes! ...

Hi Trini! Wow! Christmas is so different in Norway. I'm sorry you are not surrounded by snow yet! That will be very pretty when nit comes. Thank you for sharing your feelings and these beautiful images. And even behind-the-scenes! Sending you love for today and for the Holidays!!!

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  1. Trini    Kim Bajorek

Hi Kim :-) Thank you so much for your lovely words, I can not wait for cooler days, and the light is absolutely gorgeous, I know it will appear, just a matter of time. I wish you love for today and the weekend, and of course for the holidays <3...

Hi Kim :-) Thank you so much for your lovely words, I can not wait for cooler days, and the light is absolutely gorgeous, I know it will appear, just a matter of time. I wish you love for today and the weekend, and of course for the holidays <3 Hugs and kisses

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  1. Kristina

I agree going to the gardening store always inspires me. The decorations you photographed are beautiful. And the Christmas cookies you baked look delicious. My family is German and my mom would always bake pfeffernusse cookies to kick off the...

I agree going to the gardening store always inspires me. The decorations you photographed are beautiful. And the Christmas cookies you baked look delicious. My family is German and my mom would always bake pfeffernusse cookies to kick off the season. You've inspired me to get baking. Happy Holidays and I hope you have a white Christmas. xoxo

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  1. Trini    Kristina

Hi Kristina,
I am so happy to hear of your Christmas traditions, and pfeffernusse are really delicious - I bake them too. Hope you got around baking ;-) Best of wishes for the Holidays :-) Hugs and kisses from Trini

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  1. Luciane Steiner

The garden store looks like a fairytale place! A few days ago a kid from school made a presentation about Norway and he spoke about the cookies tradition, I was thinking of you all the time. Your cookies look delicious! My family also has a...

The garden store looks like a fairytale place! A few days ago a kid from school made a presentation about Norway and he spoke about the cookies tradition, I was thinking of you all the time. Your cookies look delicious! My family also has a baking tradition: stollen (also from Germany). The pictures are awesome, would never guess all the behind the scenes involved. Merry Xmas!

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  1. Trini    Luciane Steiner

Thank you so much, Luciane - I was so happy to read about the boy in your class :-) He might have some relation to Norway, a lot of Norwegians imigrated to the US more than a centenary ago. I think I have a lot of relatives that I do not know...

Thank you so much, Luciane - I was so happy to read about the boy in your class :-) He might have some relation to Norway, a lot of Norwegians imigrated to the US more than a centenary ago. I think I have a lot of relatives that I do not know over there. The German baking tradition is really delicious, I always visit a bakery when I go to Germany, and my best friend in the whole world lives just outside of Berlin

Merry X-mas to you and your family <3

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