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Dreaming of a White Christmas in Norway

posted on 17th December 2010 under Habits, Nature, Winter

Are you dreaming of a White Christmas, you’ve come to the right place – virtually as well as literary. In Norway, we’ve had some real good winter weather for almost a month now followed by some snow – just like it was in the good old days : -)
Leaving the house late morning the other day, I was met by this scenery – and with my Nokia N8 Mobile at hand, I can share with you:
Dreaming White Christmas in Norway #2
Not a lot of snow, but a clear blue sunny day with fresh crisp air!

This took me down memory lane from the days of my childhood when even the adults were frolicking and building snowmen. I don’t know about you, but I often reminisce about how winters used to be much snowier when we were kids – those were the days. Snow is beautiful, and everyone loves it – at least at Yuletide:
Dreaming White Christmas in Norway #1 Dreaming White Christmas in Norway #3

I guess nothing in weather is romanticized more than a white Christmas. If we were to credit one person with making us dream of a white Christmas in 20th- and 21st- century; it would surely fall to a certain white-bearded, weight-challenged superstar of the Nordic Arctic north. Besides: A lot of songs sing wistfully of sleigh rides in new fallen snow, and delightfully frightful weather and the movies are filled with large fluffy snowflakes that turn stark villages into magical white kingdoms but somehow never interrupt the joyous green- and red-clad travellers.

My reasons for wanting snow for the holidays is even more related to our family going to great lengths to keep traditions of winters past, doing the same things in the same way year after year, stemming from childhood traditions related to cold and snow. So that’s why I had to use my mobile phone, trying to capture the atmosphere (the three pics above) and share some of why I am dreaming of a White Christmas – or Yuletide in my memories (a pic from winter 2000 on a lake):
Dreaming White Christmas in Norway #4
Combine that with a child’s natural love of snow and ice — with skating, snowmen, skiing, sled rides and hot chocolate — and it’s no surprise that children want snow at Christmas. I guess I’ve never really grown up, and I intend to stay that way!
How about you: Dreaming of a white Christmas too? Or maybe winter memories to share with us in comment?

11 Responses to “Dreaming of a White Christmas in Norway”

  1. claudie says:

    North of France particulary Alsace is under the snow this year and I hear Alsacian people who speak like you Renny and are happy remembering the old days of their kidness!Because at this time they had often snow in winter! I know you arrived now in Mariestad, in Sweden!!! I imagine you have relax time here with Diane!
    I wish you nice holiday!

  2. Hi Renny, Thanks for the great photos. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas because we get them so rarely. Of course, not having snow very often makes every snowstorm an event in which the entire city shuts down. I love it! And in the meantime, while it just rains here, I know where I can come to get my snow fix–to your blog. Have a great holiday. Charlotte

  3. Ginnie says:

    Right now we are very white and cold here in Holland, Renny. I’m just hoping and praying it will stay till the weekend. So far so good. :) We had our Santa Run here in Gorinchem this past Saturday and had a blast. I was truly a kid again…perhaps in ways I have never been in my life. Finally! :)

  4. lime says:

    we have yet to get any good snow. i’m hoping for some nice snow here too, even far south of us has gotten a lot and we have nothing!

  5. We have very little snow here.

  6. It’s gonna be a white Christmas here in Bergen, but we’re in Fredrikstad during Christmas.

    Anyway, can you send me your Feedburner username and password so I can check it.

  7. Vagabonde says:

    I looked at your beautiful pictures of Portugal. We spent a week in Lisbon several years ago – what a special city. I grew up listening to Amalia Rodrigues the queen of fado, so it was a special treat to listen to the music there. Here in Atlanta today it was warm, we had snow for just a few hours at the beginning of the week, but it did not stay. Snow and Christmas really go well together. Have a great holiday.

  8. Maria says:

    Hello Renny !Beutifull photos about the weather in Oslo. In Ibiza its cold for me about 15c .
    A big hug for you an Diane

    Maria

  9. TorAa says:

    Great Photos.
    And of course we up here in the North are dreaming of a white christmas.
    Even though it has been the coldest november since 1919, the year my mother was born, and she will join us for X-Mas dinner this year as well.

    Strange to think about how different views we have about X-Mas. Originally we should wish a dry desert, instead of snow and Ice. Right?

  10. Comedy Plus says:

    I must be one of the only people on the planet that doesn’t like snow. Never have. It’s a nuisance. I’d rather be in Hawaii during Christmas. Where it’s warm. Where I’m not wearing a ton of clothes.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug to you both. :)

  11. netster says:

    “If we were to credit one person with making us dream of a white Christmas in 20th- and 21st- century; it would surely fall to a certain white-bearded, weight-challenged superstar of the Nordic Arctic north.” ~ Renny

    Did you refering to me? Ho Ho ho howdy Ho Renny :)

    I would love to crawl in your chinmey on the Christmas night and enjoy the white Christman on your roof first before I decide which present you should get this year. Ho ho ho

    I love the Snow! I have been to Tokyo Japan with my bunch of elf and we had a good time snowballing Ho ho ho ho

    You have a good day Renny and keep posting beautiful white snow when it arrive. Ho ho ho

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