celebrations and costumes
Norwegians don’t really celebrate Halloween – well, some kids’ll dress up and try trick or treating but only about 20% of the houses they’ll visit will have realised it’s Halloween and have treats for them. I know this, because for the last few years my daughter’s happened to be at my place on Halloween and I’ve hosted the party and walked the kids around for the Trick or Treating. They do love the treats. This year my daughter’s with her dad this week, so no party. No pumpkins around our neighbourhood.
Don’t feel too sorry for us though. Here the dress-up-in-costume-and-get-sweets-from-the-neighbours-day is New Year’s Eve (or between Christmas and New Year in other parts of Norway) when kids always, always, always go carolling and always come home with ridiculous quantities of sweets. Norwegian kids get presents EVERY DAY in December in their advent calendars, which have little to do with religion in today’s Norway and everything to do with daily individually wrapped presents. (This year I have a nice big one ready with lots of pockets, and I bought the first present yesterday – much better than that horrid Donald Duck calendar she had two years ago, and that Tom reminded me of at the Edit 8.0 conference. Me, I’d managed to obliterate that memory of bad parenting, but the blog doesn’t lie. Well, not much.