Christmas in the US

Jeg bestemte meg for å skrive dette på engelsk slik at alle i familien her etc. kunne forstå! 


Today it is the 27 of December, so christmas was just two days ago. It was very different from the way we do it in Norway, but some things were also surprisingly similar. Christmas is also a kind of milestone for the exchange, meaning that I am around halfway in my year abroad. 

I celebrated christmas eve with the "Maxwell side" of the family, my hostdad Matts relatives. It was very fun and I had a great time! I decorated cookies with the kids, and then we ate a great dinner that aunt Kelly had cooked for us. Afterwards grandma Bunny read a christmas story and we all opened the presents that we had bought for each other. I was considered as one of the childen which means extra presents! That was very nice. In the end we watched a classic american christmas movie, Elf, which I had never seen before. It is so funny! 

Normally here in America you open your gifts when you wake up on christmas day, the 25th. In Norway the "big day" is the 24 and usually you open gift after a huge dinner with dessert. So when I woke up on christmas day Matt, Mickey and I opened up all of our presents and stayed in our pajamas the rest of the day (in my case my new penguin onesie). We watched so many christmas movies. 

About not celebrating christmas at home, it was not as hard as I imagined. I talked to all my family on skype most of the days, and since we celebrated on christmas eve it felt a lot like home. I didn´t really have a lot of christmas spirit though, but I didn´t expect it either. We do have a lot of snow though! 

Til slutt will jeg si tusen takk til alle jeg har fått små unventede brev fra! Jeg blir så glad hver gang det skjer og smiler fra øre til øre. Senest igår fikk jeg et kort og en liten gave fra Astrid, så Tusen takk for det! :D Jeg har også fått pakke med norsk mat og sjokolade fra mamma og pappa. Mamma sendte med en pakke med gløgg som var i pulverform siden jeg savnet gløgg så mye. Det sto at du skulle bruke det med saft, men det er jo ingen som aner hva du snakker om her, og når jeg oversatte det så ble det squash.. ? Så det sto at man kunne prøve å gjøre det med vin, men det ble en katastofe.. så ikke noe gløgg på meg iår :(. Jeg spiste opp sjokoladen på noen få dager da, selv om jeg tror at Matt liker den nesten mer en jeg haha. 

Here are some pictures from christmas eve!

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Joe, Natalie, Sam, Alanna and Rachel. 

veeldig uklart bilde, menmen 

Matt, Sam and Natalie

Dave and Kelly

Presents!

 

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