Norwegians have an expression “Ut På Tur – Aldri Sur“: Out on tour, never sour.
It’s largely true, especially when the weather is good. Today was one of those days, so Susanna and I went skiing. Whilst we have to wait nearly a month before we get an actual sunrise, we did have a beautiful moonset, and a beautiful pre-sunrise:
After skiing it was on to a lunch with a freind, and then rounding off with the Juletrefest (Christmas tree party) at church. A juletrefest is a very Norwegian tradition. The Finnsnes version includes carol singing, reading the Christmas gospel with an impromptu Christmas ‘tableau’, various solos, walking round the Christmas tree whilst singing carols and Christmas songs (NOT dancing, as was made clear to me – that would be pagan . . .), supper, and a visit from a very ‘international’ Saint Nicolas:
Here’s a video, which happily turned out to be out of focus. The song is about doing various weekday household activities (washing, ironing, cleaning, etc., which are obviously evenly divided between the sexes in modern Norway), before rushing to church on a Sunday (not so typical . . .).