Preparing for Christmas

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The Christmastree on the Main Square in Trondheim

 

 

 

 

Christmas in Trondheim

 

Christmas is soon here, and in Trondheim we hope to have the magic snow for the holiday.  Trondheim is dressed for Christmas, the Christmas tree on the Main Square was lightened 1st of December. The Christmas tree, is decorated with candles, apples, red harts, cornets, straw ornaments.  

The streets are beautiful decorated with trees and garlands. 

 

The tradition of the Christmas tree is believed to have originated in medieval Germany.

Nordre, the main shopping street in Trondheim
On December 24th, the townspeople would decorate a “Paradise Tree” which would be used in a popular play relating to Adam and Eve.

 

 

The “Paradise Tree” was usually an evergreen, which is a symbol of eternal life. In 1605, German families began to decorate their houses with evergreens for Christmas celebrations. Eventually, the custom has been adopted almost all over the world, and has been a wonderful Christmas tradition.

 

 

My Christmas preparation is almost done; I just have to decorate the tree and the Christmas table.  Christmas Eve I will celebrate at home with family.

 

I have not turn the house upside-down to find dust to feed the vacuum cleaner, but gently drove the cleaner over the floor. 

 

In stead I had an evening with friends baking a cake and some Christmas cookies, I have enjoyed visiting Christmas markets, been to concerts in concert halls and in churches, visiting friends for Advent coffee and tasting their cakes.

 

The symphonic band I`m playing with have given two Christmas concerts, and we always end the concert with O Holy Night (“Cantique de Noël”) composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847.

Christmas market in Trondheim
This is the most beautiful Christmas carol I know. 

 

The lyrics are written by Placide Chapeau on request from a parish priest. It has become a standard modern carol for Christmas concerts for sumphonic band, solo performance and choir in Norway. 

 

My favorite version of the carol is recorded with a Swedish tenor; Jussi Björling,

 

 

In the carol, the singer recalls the birth of Jesus

 

 

 Oh Holy Night.

 

Oh holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Till He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

 

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!

Oh night divine, Oh night when Christ was born;

Oh night divine, Oh night, Oh night Divine.

 

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,

With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.

So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,

Here come the wise men from Orient land.

The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;

In all our trials born to be our friend.

 

He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,

Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

Behold your King, Behold your King.

 

Truly He taught us to love one another;

His law is love and His gospel is peace.

"Go dagen", this is for you Melanie.

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;

And in His name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

Let all within us praise His holy name.

 

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

 

 

 

 

In Norway Christmas evening is the most celebrated day in Christmas.

Rib from pig with a good crackling served with potatoes, carrots, "cabbage a la norweienne" surkaal (sauerkraft), dried plum, brown sauce.To drink Christmas beer ans Aquavite.
 I`ll start the day placing a bowl of special porridge in my garden to the little gnome Nissen to prevent him making troubles for me the following year.  He can be a nasty little gnome if I do not feed him on Christmas.

Most people have holyday at Christmas, except for us working in health care and communication services.  So I`ll be working the day of Christmas eve, but I`ll be of to celebrate Christmas eve with family.

I will be celebrating with a typical Norwegian Christmas dinner. The dinner consist of a rib with a good crackling, ribbe, (served with "cabbage à la norvégienne", surkaal, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, sprouts, prunes and brown sauce).

Some familys serve salted and dried ribs of mutton, pinnekjøtt, (served with potatoes, carrots and mashed swedes), or lye-treated codfish, lutefisk (served with potatoes, bacon and pea stew).

For dessert: rice blended with whipped cream served with a red sauce, riskrem, caramel pudding, cherry mousse, or whipped cream blended with multer (orange, wonderful berries) "cloudberry" - found on the mountain - looks like rasberries).

After dinner I hopefully will have a visit of Julenissen (Santa Claus), and yes I have been a god girl this year.

Going to bed this evening I know I will hum Mary’s Boy child Jesus Christ.  

This is also one of my favourite Christmas Corals.

The carol is written by Jester Hairston and was first recorded by Henry Belafonte in 1956.

Christmas Crib, Main Square in Trondheim

 

Mary's Boy Child

 

Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.

Long time ago in Bethlehem, so the Holy Bible said,
Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.

Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today,
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.
Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.

While shepherds watch their flocks by night,
they see a bright new shining star,
they hear a choir sing a song,
 the music seemed to come from afar.

Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today,
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.

Oh a moment still worth was a glow, all the bells rang out
there were tears of joy and laughter, people shouted
"let everyone know, there is hope for all to find peace".

Now Joseph and his wife, Mary, came to Bethlehem that night,
they found no place to bear her child, not a single room was in sight.

And then they found a little nook in a stable all forlorn,
and in a manger cold and dark, Mary's little boy was born.

Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today,
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.
Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.

Oh a moment still worth was a glow, all the bells rang out
there were tears of joy and laughter, people shouted
"let everyone know, there is hope for all to find peace".

Oh my Lord...
 

 

 

On the rest of Christmas Days (in Norway Christmas lasts to 31 December) I`ll be visiting or have visit from family and friends.

For dessert; Caramel pudding
  Usually we have big brunches at noon or dinner in the afternoon for friends and family.

 

 

I wish you all a Merry Christmas.

 

 

 

 

rayramon says:
Thank u for the glimpes.

love&peace!
Posted on: Feb 06, 2008
Anouksreizen says:
This blog gives a good insight in Norwegian life. I'm looking foward to more blogs about Norwegian culture.
Posted on: Feb 03, 2008
CFD says:
The snow have finally arrived! Its about 5weeks to late, but snow always beats no snow ;)
Posted on: Feb 02, 2008
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