Christmas market in Hamar.

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There’s one thing certain about Norway and its citizens – they love their Christmas. All around Europe you can experience this festiveness, especially in Berlin or in Vienna. Cities are all dressed up, like ladies in red dresses for Christmas Eve. Streets are full of lights, which don’t come from shops but from all the sidewalk trees. Whereas in Norway it’s identical, there’s also a lot of Christmas-themed events, which has it’s own charm to it. 

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This particular event, that happened yesterday, on really sunny, but frosty Sunday, was quite unique. When you think about Christmas market, you may see this Berlin-like one, full of warm bratwursts, hot wines and fruits dipped in chocolate on a stick. You don’t expect medieval touch here and there, small fireplace-things all over the market, young people singing traditional songs or men dressed as knights, showing how people used to fight.

In addition to that, there were a lot of traditional, handmade things to buy, such as gloves, hats, sweaters, honey, juices, horns to drink and even spoons made out of cow (don’t ask me how, I still don’t know). People behind those stands were also wearing quite medieval dresses, which only added to the atmosphere of the whole thing.

Events like that are pretty common in Norway, especially if you live in area with culture organisation. Here in Hamar we have Domkirkeodden, which is, among others, a museum of Hedmark. If you live nearby, I really recommend visiting this place.

As I mentioned before, it was ice-freezing that day. I’m not a Norwegian, so for me minus ten is really, really cold, so me and my friends proceed to find some warm spot to warm up a little. Fortunately, there was one room with bakery-theme going on. There was few ladies in medieval dresses that were baking Lusekatter, which are traditional Swedish sweet rolls baked usually from the beginning of Advent (most common is the date 13th of December, which is Saint Lucy’s Day). It was really nice experience, because not only we could do our rolls with piece of pastry, but also taste them. And they were baked in old-fashioned furnace, just as in the past centuries.

After eating bunch of sweeties, the closing hour was getting closer, so we decided to go back home. It was really nice event, with its own charm and quite different than what I expected from Christmas market.

Hope you guys will have a nice week. There’s a post coming up on Wednesday, so stay tuned!

Author: areneith

student, Norway-lover, artist, dreamer, book worm

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