The Twelve Days of Christmas in Norway

A good old-fashioned Yuletide in Hallingdal Donald V. Mehus New York Christmas in Norway! The very words evoke images of a winter wonderland of pine-clad, snow-decked mountains; quiet villages nestled in scenic valleys; cozy homes and the gathering of families; a time to rest, relax, and enjoy the holiday season. For this Norwegian-American one memorable December, the images became the reality. Some time ago while studying at the University of Oslo, I was invited to spend the Christmas holidays with relatives at my ancestral home, the small village of Hol in Hallingdal, lying in the mountains midway between Oslo and Bergen. Here was one place where "the twelve days of Christmas" were more than
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