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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Last Christmas we were homeless. How’s THAT for a story to tell our kids years down the road?

Ok…it wasn’t as tragic as it sounds. We were in the midst of moving from Utah to Norway and had to give up our apartment contract the 2nd week of December. The rest of the month we bumped around between our parents’ houses in Utah and Vegas. No Christmas trees or decorations for us. So this year we are ready for First Christmas: Part 2!

We began this festive season with a big date night where we were going to bust out the Christmas decorations and drink hot chocolate and snuggle and watch The Muppets Christmas Carol (it’s NOT Christmas until the Muppets have been watched.) Full of Christmas cheer and excitement, we unearthed our box of Christmas stuff, ripped off the moving tape, flipped open the lid…..and suddenly realized that we didn’t really have any Christmas decorations. Oh yeah…we’re a newly married couple. We forgot :) Most of the things in the box were for a tree that would come later, so we hung up our stockings, set out a blanket and pillow from my grandma, and plopped down to start our movie. Christmas is so great!

 

So far we’ve been able to enjoy quite a few Christmas festivities. It’s really nice not having to worry about finals. And cleaning checks. And packing. It’s REALLY nice not to have to worry about packing.

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Old town Stavanger all decked out for the holidays.

 

Every year Stavanger creates Pepperkaker Byen (The Gingerbread Town). Kids and adults from all over town make pepperkaker houses (or trains, or oil rigs, or viking ships) and they gather them all together to create the gingerbread town. We took an evening and went to check it out!

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See anything familiar? A lady in our branch made it! The organizers were quite impressed and she was featured in the local newspaper here. Word even spread all the way to Salt Lake City! (Check out the article here) Way to represent, Elin!

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The NATO community organized a bus trip down to the big Christmas Market in Egersund. The weather was absolutely terrible (downpours every 10 minutes), but we loved the quaint little market!

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Chris’ coworker, Brandon, and little baby Jayden

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I tried traditional Norwegian rice pudding (risgrøt) for the first time and Chris got a GINORMOUS pølse (hot dog/sausage thing). Delicious!

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We also participated in our branch Christmas Concert. And by participated, I mean we made lots of snowflakes to help with the decorations. No singing for us this year!

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The youth and the missionaries.

 

And we bumped Skittles out of her corner and got all prepped for our very first Christmas tree! Stay tuned!

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