Merry Christmas

December 24, 2016

The Christmas is here and it is time to spend time with the ones that we cherish the most. Even though Norwegians are not family people in the sense that they are quite independent from their families they tend to be very traditional during Christmas time. This brings a lot of emotions up in me since my core family is far away and my thoughts go to Brazil during the holidays. I am very happy though that my oldest daughter came to spend the Christmas together with us.

Luckily I have been accepted very well by Johan’s family and they are like family for me as well. Before having dinner it is common to go to church and therefor we went to Nidaros Cathedral at 4 pm. It was a majestic atmosphere there and it was optimal to go there to let the Christmas sink in. After the ceremony I took the opportunity to light a candle for my dad who died when I was 4 while Johan lighted a candle for his grandfather.


This is our 3rd Christmas together and I have been following their traditions since we met. Johan’s family are a bit divided when it comes to traditions since his dad’s side are from Oslo while his mother’s side are from the west coast. They tend to eat pork in Oslo and Lamb on the west coast. Since his dad was here for Christmas we decided to go with the traditions of Oslo and serve pork on Christmas Eve. However, we will serve lamb on boxing day in order to keep up with the traditions of his mother’s side. It is hard for me to decided what is the best and therefor I am glad that we will have both during Christmas.


After opening the presents it was time for some family pictures. It was very wonderful to get up since we had eaten a lot and it felt very good to move around. I don’t know whether you can see it on the pictures but it is actually snowing in the background and I must say it made the Christmas celebrations extra special. Afterwards, it was time for even dessert. Christmas is like one single and long meal haha.

Later in the evening it is common to change clothes to something comfortable and watch a  movie together. Below you can see Johan and I quite satisfied with the evening. This was the first time that we have held the Christmas Eve in our apartment and I must say that we are very happy with the result. We want to send some big thanks to my father-in-law who has helped and will help us a lot with the food. He has had some good help in my daughter who has helped him in the kitchen. Stephanie has been a great assistent. It is great to learn from him in order to do it ourselves in the coming years.


Merry Christmas from Johan and I

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  • Reply applebitsblog December 24, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Merry Christmas.🎄😊

  • Reply Carolyn Dennis-Willingham December 24, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    It looks wonderful. Merry Christmas!

  • Reply alvarezgalloso December 25, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Merry Christmas from Florida

  • Reply Heartafire December 25, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Such a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing this heartwarming celebration.

  • Reply Benn Bell December 25, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Merry Christmas!

  • Reply piratepatty December 25, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Merry Christmas! Lovely family!

  • Reply Let's CUT the Crap! December 25, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Thank you for sharing your Christmas. Sounds wonderful. You all look happy. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. 🙂

  • Reply rugby843 December 25, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Have a great time together!🎄❄☃🎄

  • Reply Jim December 25, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Merry Christmas!

  • Reply December 25, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Wonderful traditions and lovely of you to try to combine each on so everyone enjoys this holiday season. Merry Christmas to you and your family and a Happy New Year.

  • Reply Ananya Sharma. December 25, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Oh, you and your family looks so beautiful. <3

  • Reply Anna December 25, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Roberta, from Ohio

  • Reply radhikasreflection December 25, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Merry Christmas 😊❤

  • Reply Marije, van Hans de Gans (MSW) December 25, 2016 at 11:16 am

    What a lovely celebration of Christmas Eve. Thanks gor sharing and Merry Christmas to you 🎄

  • Reply ledrakenoir December 25, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Merry Christmas, all the best wishes for you and yours… 🙂

  • Reply Francesco Marchetti December 25, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Thank You … Merry Christmas!!!

  • Reply adhandmade December 25, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    ….merry christmas & happy new year …. 🙂

  • Reply aline angoustures December 25, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Merry Christmas Roberta !

  • Reply Karo-Tina Aldente December 25, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Merry Christmas! 🙂 <3 😀

  • Reply geminilvr December 25, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Merry Christmas Roberta!

  • Reply johncoyote December 25, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Merry Christmas my friend. I love your photos. You and your husband look very happy. Life is finding someone to make you laugh and smile. I hope you and family have a safe and fun holiday.

  • Reply TheresaBarker December 25, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Roberta, how wonderful you have time with your daughter as well as your new family in Norway! That’s so wonderful. You really describe traditions and culture – both of Norway and of your home country/family so well. I have learned a lot! 🙂 Happy Christmas from Seattle, Washington (US)! 🙂

  • Reply Advo. R.R.'SAGAR' December 25, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Marry Christmas.
    Lovely Family Pic.
    Handsome Husband&Beautiful Daughter Like Har Cute Mother.

    May God Fulfill Your Every Desire In 2017.
    Always Stay Happy.Roberta Pimentel Ma’am.

  • Reply Margarita December 25, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Merry Christmas, Roberta! 😉 xoM

  • Reply Gastradamus December 25, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Merry Christmas. You seem to have a wonderful family. Would make my day to hear your thoughts on Lardy Arms. Is it good enough to get a comment from the ever so famous Roberta?

  • Reply sparkledawn December 27, 2016 at 2:32 am

    What a wonderfully happy read, thank you for sharing you day with us, it sounds magical. Merry Christmas to you all.

  • Reply Please Another Make up by lellaj1005 December 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Merry christmas dear… fantastics family

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