|Christmas Tree at Maihaugen|
resplendent in hand-knit ornaments
|Pappa and Greta by the tree,|
ready to brave the brisk outdoors
|Julenisse spotted outdoors!|
|Lunching on grøt (rice porridge)|
|Cutting out pepperkaker cookies|
|Mmmm, waiting for the cookies to cool|
We timed our arrival to Storgate well. The nisse parade was about to start, and we only had to wait a few minutes before a parade of body-less decorative horse-heads and people dressed in elf-like costumes came spinning and twirling down the street. They were followed by a throng of people, many of whom were carrying lit torches--even rather young children! Mixed into this throng of people was a small brass band playing Christmas carols--"Joy to the World", if my memory serves me correct. We followed the parade down the street to a large Christmas tree which seemed to be already lit upon our arrival. At that point, the two adults voted that we were hungry (while the lone child was nearly asleep) and it was time to ditch the festivities and go get pizza. We believe the parade marched around downtown and lit two more Christmas trees, although I think it will be another year before we find out for certain.
All in all, a fun-filled, exhausting day, and we all arrived home toasty warm.
|As if we needed an additional reminder that|
we are living in a foreign country: small
children are trusted to carry flaming torches
in large crowds of people
|The post-parade blur of people and lights.|
Quite the festive scene!
|Our own very tired (but warm!) nisse|