Every other year for Christmas I visit Norway with my husband to visit our family and friends. My husband is from Asker, a town outside the capital city of Oslo. Going there always feels like Christmas and is full of family/friend events, snow, and yummy food. We always take time to visit one of my very favorite places on earth, Semsvann. It is a gorgeous lake surrounded by trails and I just love getting out, no matter how cold, to take a trip out doors while it is still light out. It usually gets dark around 3pm so it’s nice to take advantage of a little light while you can.
After a little day trip it is usually filled with our annual grouse dinner with some of our closest friends. The boys have made a tradition of going hunting a few months prior to provide the meat for the meal and boy do they cook up a mean meal during the holidays. Our dear friend Chris is quiet the chef and always impresses me. The girls are given the royal treatment while the boys slave away in the kitchen. It is so fun to visit with everyone and I’m sure for those with children to have some adult conversations. The meal is always fabulous as well as the company. Here is a shot of a few of us from 2 years ago. Can’t wait to see everyone!
Along with visits with friends I get to spend some time out and about with Martin, my husband, visiting little shops in Oslo. Another favorite of mine is the Christmas Market in Aker Brygge. It’s a very traditional market with lots of treasures to be found. I mostly love to just be in an outdoor market, in the snow, enjoying the ambiance of the season.
Lastly, we always spend as much time as possible with family. I am truly lucky to have such wonderful In-Laws that I love to be with. Here is a shot of my Mother In-Law and I out shopping with Martin in Oslo. She is a precious person in my life and I am so very lucky to have her.
Well, we will be off to Norway to celebrate Christmas soon and I am so looking forward to it. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope you all enjoy time spent with those that you love. That is the best present you can receive during the holidays.
P.S. If you are ever thinking of traveling to Norway this is a great site to check out for ideas on places to stay and see: http://www.visitnorway.com/us/