Archive | December, 2015

Anno Domine 2016

The gate to the new year Here they are lying before you all the colours we may choose the one we wish for every single day If the day is grey there are happy colours on the palette If the day is sad pick sunny colours  If the day is filled with laughter you might […]

The last day of the year

Before a new millennium under ‘The Milky way’   A memory from 1999 comes before me, as strong as every new year’s eve. In our winter cottage with cildren and grandchildren. High up in the mountain with frost and snow. The sky was clear and dark and full of stars. Some strong and bright, some […]

‘Romjul’ The days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve

The silent room Happy feast with light and laughter golden angels, stars, with Christmas carols and cantatas we have been seated around set tables with children and grandchildren and rejoiced in the Christmas evangelium Downton ‘Christmas special’ We have given and received presents felt happiness with both We have been happy baking cakes sheep rib, […]

Good old days’ Christmas

A snapshot of 1957 Christmas Eve meal was pork ribs and sour cabbage, like in many homes in east Norway. My mother made delicious sauce, and I was happy to eat only potatoes and sauce! Homemade ice cream, frozen in the snow was heavenly and the washing up of the dishes was quickly done. One […]

There is a shine over silent villages

Christmas carols year round Do you belong to those who gladly would sing Christmas carols all year? Here you find me. When I was a choir director for the local choir, I brought forth the music for our Christmas carols from early in the autumn. I heard som grumbling in the bass group …  ‘we […]

Advent waiting with the poet Prøysen

The history behind a Christmas card ‘Julekveldsvisa’ The carol of Christmas Eve’ has followed many of us since we were children. During my first years as a watercolour painter my motives were for a period special, old houses. From wanderings in the ‘old houses’ street ‘Øyragata’ in Lærdal, my heart felt for one particular house. […]

Advent waiting together with the Nobility

Christmas caroling at the home of the elderly The village choir – this year like last year – ‘is singing Christmas carols for the old folks. The village choir – this year like every year – is singing Christmas carols for the old folks. As we stood there singing ‘Oh come, let us follow the star up […]

‘Advent wait’ thoughts in the fog

December the first…. From when I was a little child I had a special feeling for ‘December the first’ , it was the Christmas month! Here today it is not much that reminds of the December with the ingredients from childhood winter: White angles, frozen river and snow clad evergreen forests. A dense fog is […]