Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

A Christmas tale, Norwegian style

“Christmas in Norway lasts more than a few days: it’s a whole season with specific rituals and preparations. The snow that covers most of the country and the dark nights add a magical touch to the holiday spirit.

 The smell of clementine peels and spruce branches. The warmth from open fires. The sound of children playing in the snow.

Everybody loves christmas, but you will have to look hard to find nations that gorge in the holiday season as much as the Nordic countries. After all, we need something special to look forward to during the short days, the long dark nights and cold weather of winter.

The preparations for the modern holiday season begin in early December.”

Read more @ http://www.visitnorway.com/about/history-traditions/christmas/

 

Languages do matter!

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