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).