At December 1st, starts something that we in Norway call
"Advent" (this is the days from December 1st, and until
decorate our kitchen window with Christmas curtains and put nice
Christmas lights in several windows.
kitchen window (1st
Sunday of "Advent" 2003)
I also have a very tiny tree
outside our house. This tree I have decorated with tiny,
tiny Christmas lights.
the windows in our livingroom. (Seen from outside.)
At "Advent", we are doing things that makes the time until
Christmas nice and cozy. In Norway, it's dark in the morning,
when we goes to work (and our kids goes to school), and it has
turned dark again when we are finished at work. (My kids is
finished at school, 2-3 hours before I am finished at work, so
they have some daylight.) That's why we, during "Advent-time"
is lighting lots of candle-lights, and are decorating our
windows with the stars, and other lights.
We are also preparing ourselves til Christmas, by baking
lots of Christmas cookies.
Sunday at "Advent-time" we are lighting the first "Advent
light". The 2nd Sunday, we are lighting the first and second
"Advent light". The 3rd Sunday, we lights 3 lights and the 4th
Sunday at "Advent-time" we are lighting all four of the
"Advent lights". Usually we use purple lights at "Advent-time"
(and purple napkins.) The color of the "Advent-time" is
December 13th, we celebrate "Lucia". Read about Lucia