Norsk 101: Adventstiden i Norge (Advent in Norway)

Language practice with Christie Ericson

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Adventstiden begynner fire søndager (Advent begins four Sundays) før jul (before Christmas) og markerer starten (and marks the start) på forberedelsene (of the preparations) til juletiden (for the Christmas season). Det er flere (There are many) sekulære og religiøse skikker (secular and religious customs) knyttet til adventstiden (connected to Advent) i Norge (in Norway).

Advent er en kristen høytid (is a Christian holiday). Ordet advent (The word Advent) betyr ankomst (means arrival) og markerer ventetiden (and marks the wait) til Jesusbarnets fødsel (until the birth of the Christ Child).

I adventstiden (During Advent) er det vanlig (it is common) at familien samles (for the family to come together) for å tenne adventslysene (to light the Advent candles). Mange folk bruker (Many people use) en adventskrans (an Advent wreath) eller en annen lysestake (or another candleholder) med plass til fire lys (that holds four candles). Ett lys tennes (One candle is lit) hver søndag (each Sunday) som en nedtelling (as a countdown) frem til jul (to Christmas).
Det er også vanlig (It is also common) å synge en adventssang (to sing an Advent song) eller lese julefortellinger høyt (or read aloud Christmas stories) i forbindelse med tenningen (in connection with the lighting).

Mange nordmenn (Many Norwegians) henger en lysende adventsstjerne (hang an illuminated Advent star) i vinduet (in the window). Tradisjonelt henges (Traditionally it is hung up) den opp første dag i advent (on the first day of Advent) som et symbol på Betlehemsstjernen (as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem).

I mange familier (In many families) er det også vanlig (it is also common) å ha en julekalender (a Christmas calendar) eller adventskalender (or Advent calendar). Kalenderen (The calendar) har 24 luker eller pakker (has 24 windows or packages), én for hver dag (one for each day) fra 1. desember (from Dec. 1) til julaften (to Christmas Eve). Bak hver luke (Behind every window) er en liten overraskelse (is a little surprise) som sjokolade (such as chocolate) eller små figurer (or small figures).

Julekalenderserier på TV (Christmas calendar series on TV) er også populære med barn og voksne (are also popular with children and adults). De har 24 daglige episoder (They have 24 daily episodes) og man kan se én episode (and you can watch one episode) hver dag (every day) frem til juleaften (up until Christmas Eve).

This article originally appeared in the Nov. 27, 2020, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

Christie Ericson

Christie Ericson is an academic librarian living in Anchorage, Alaska. She has a background in languages and linguistics and has been fulfilling her lifelong dream of learning the Norwegian language. She also serves as the cultural director and librarian at her local Sons of Norway lodge and is completely addicted to Selbu mitten knitting.

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