Saturday, October 25, 2014

Experience the Julemarked and joyful Norwegian Christmas traditions

Winter holidays are the most cheerful days of the year, when everyone celebrates Christmas and is preparing for a sparkling coming New Year, and every single place is surrounded by a special atmosphere - dancing snowflakes, a delicate pine tree scent blended with Christmas traditional cakes, gingerbread cookies, boiled wine with flavored spices, roasted chestnuts, Christmas carols and crispy voices of children choirs, Santa Claus and reindeer...

December is the perfect time when we celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas with family, friends and even alone.
Many locals and tourists coming from different corners of the world are enjoying winter markets were they have the opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts, Christmas food delicacies and various home decorations.

And what would be most enjoyable than to ramble around a Julemarked/ Christmas Market, looking for joyful gifts for special persons in our life? : )
Julemarked (Photo by Øyvind Schei)
Julemarked (Photo by Øyvind Schei)
It is said that the European Christmas Market origins are from Tyrol area in Austria and Germany, and nowadays became a wonderful annual tradition spread worldwide.
Nowadays, Julemarked (Christmas markets) are all around Norway, and you can travel to your desired destination and chose from a wide variety of locally handcrafted products inspired by the Scandinavian old culture - handmade paintings, art glass and pottery, furniture, lamps, jewelry or even designed clothes - or attend a unique workshop - sheep shearing, wood carvings, activities for children, folk dancing, reindeer, horse and sleigh (free rides for the children), homemade products and Christmas decorations for sale.

In Norway, most companies, museums, galleries and various associations are organizing their own Christmas markets where they sell unique, handmade products along special activities, traditional concerts and festivities, and events attended by professional and amateur artists where they can sell their own pieces of art in any form - from organic jams or cheese from farms, homemade soap and cookies, various herbs, wool sweaters knitted with Norwegian pattern, to paintings, jewelry, pottery or other piece of art - and one can have a cup of coffee with Norwegian Christmas specialties and feel the magnificent Christmas spirit at any step around the place.

Visit any Norwegian Julemarked/ Christmas Market, enjoy the holiday atmosphere, catch a glimpse of the northern lights, and buy unique gifts for family and friends!