Norway Journal, chapter 8: Norwegian extravagance, an oxymoron

Andrea Nelson and her husband, Jerry, lived in Hamar, Norway, for a year in 1997-1998. During that year Andrea wrote articles bi-weekly for several newspapers in Wisconsin and Minnesota in order to help her readers visualize what it was like to be living there. The following excerpt is from her “Norway Journal” in which she describes what Christmas in Norway is like and especially the preparation days leading up to Christmas. Fresh red tulips at Christmas time. That was what surprised me most in the homes we visited during the holidays. It was intriguing to stand in the flower shop on a Saturday afternoon and just watch the wonderful bouquets and combinations of
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