Today's invitation, coming via SMS, had a brief description: Join us for food and dancing around the Christmas tree. I'd expected snacks and socializing, but Peter and Maren had a houseful of guests and a full table of turkey and all kinds of tilbehør. And after eating, we did indeed gather around the Christmas tree for a series of old fashioned songs and dances. It was incredibly fun, and I felt very lucky to be included into these rich Norwegian cultural traditions. Thank you Peter and Maren!
I made many new friends today, and have surely entered what one of them referred to as a "Jule-trance". The unending series of days of good food, good company, and good family time have floated me into a state of blissful fogginess.