Family Pre-Christmas Dinner 2014

photoIt was just like a scene from a random Christmas family movie, where the entire family of 10 came to visit their relatives’ home and the story begins. Knowing that my husband and I are not coming to Norway for Christmas, my mother-in-law came up with a ‘brilliant’ idea: “Why don’t the entire family from Norway come to visit us in Denmark? That would be ‘koseligt’ (joyful in Norwegian)…”, texted her to my husband last month.

So this week, my small apartment was being invaded -as my brother-in-law coined- by my parents-in-law, my sister and brothers-in-law, their kids, and sisters of my mother-in-law (should i say tante-in-law?). They arrived by DSDF boat with a nice short-cruise program from Oslo-Copenhagen, catered to rich Norwegians, who typically want to make a weekend trip to Denmark for cheep and loosely regulated beers (fyi, the danes called this boat Oslo boten, while the Norwegians called it Danske boten; that explain the route each of these folks is bound to).

All the efforts to clean and make our apartment look nice were useless as our family don’t really bother if it was clean or not. My brother and sister-in-law carried tons of belongings, from kids spare clothes, diapers, to extra foods. Most of them scattered around the floor. That was why they didn’t really bother if the place was actually neat or not….”it’s gonna be messy again”: that was the message.

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Another Christmas in Norway

1538895_10151880521101936_1447023292_nIt was my second Christmas in Norway at my in-laws’ farm house. This time, it was less crowded because my niece and nephew spent the holiday at their other grandparents’. Neither the ship head (the traditional Norwegian food on Christmas), nor the snow.

The absence of snow this winter appears to be so strange to me. I even experienced Oslo at 6 Celsius degree in the last week of December. While snow falls in Sahara, the northern world wonders why the snow doesn’t make a visit to their hemisphere. This climate has reminds me with one article I read from COP 10, about the exchange of climate as the forced of extreme energy from the two opposite hemispheres (the north and south): the northern will be warmer, and the south will experience some cold.

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