24 December, 2008

"Little Christmas Eve"

So... It's the day before Christmas in Norway. Usually refered to as "little Christmas Eve".. I don't think this day has a name of its own in English.. but then again most English speakers celebrate on December 25 and not 24. We've all travelled to Grandpa's house and settled in... and done the traditional decorating!

Yesterday Mom baked some gingerbread cookies. Actually they're not completely the same, but not too different. Norwegian ones (pepperkaker meaning pepper cookies(cakes)) just tend to contain more spices.

Tonight the humans decorated (rather quick and not too elaborate.. lol..) a little house, too! It's all rather exotic looking with elephant and crocodiles... Mom likes her cookie cutters and tend to collect the weird shapes...

God jul = Merry Christmas

Remember we told you Grandpa has a REAL tre - that is still alive? It's been out on his terrace all summer and is now in during winter.. Ha ha.. How cool is that? It's still a pretty tiny tree, though, but we don't mind too much. Mom mumbled something about it being nice having it up on the table where none of us furkids will destroy anything.. Hmmm...

Isn't it looking rather cute when it's decorated? It's just in a plain black plastic pot so Mom put som alu foil around it (and when decorating it tied some decor, too) to make it look pretty(ier) on the table.

Now we're about to head off for bed. Technically it's after midnight and allready Christmas Eve (in the morning.. ironically..). Tomorrow morning mom and auntie will be getting stockings! Haha... They were so annoying when they were kids Grandpa and Grandma continued giving stockings after they lived in Canada to get some peace and quiet while doing preparations. And they still do - with fruit, candy and perpaps one of Norways many Christmas cartoon magazines.

I hope you're all doing great and apologize for not visiting you all nearly enough... It's just hard to get time in on the computer with all the stuff going on.



Archie and Melissa said...

Happy Holidays Ane!
I love your holiday photos!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Furry nice!

Tank woo fur sharing!


chelsea + apple said...

I'z like your tree!
It's little like meh :D
your parents cookies look super yummies!

<3 Apple

Lorenza said...

Hi, friends!
I like the house with its creatures... elephant and crocodile!
The little tree is beautiful too!
Here in Mexico the important day is 24th. Families get together at night to celebrate and to open the presents. 25th is a day to relax.
We wish you and your family the best today and always!
Have fun
Kisses and hugs

The Devil Dog said...

What a great post. Thank you for sharing all of your customs with us. Mom loves reading your blog.

Merry Christmas!


Huskee and Hershey said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Howlidays from our home to yours!!

Forever Foster said...

We love your elephant! Guess what, we made gingerbread today, too:) We made stars, Christmas trees and gingerbread men. Mum says they are yummy, she likes to put lots of ginger in.

Joe Stains said...

The cookies look delicious!! Merry Christmas!!!