Happy December! While this December certainly feels different, I’m still so excited for Christmas in Tromsø, especially now that we are in polar night. The sun won’t return to Tromsø until mid-January, so I’m extra excited to see all the Christmas lights go up around the city.
This is my first Christmas in Norway without the sun, as in Mosjøen we did still get a couple of hours of sunlight in December. This is also my first Christmas on the coast, which means a lot more kinds of weather than the snow we had in Mosjøen and Telemark. Yesterday it snowed all day and today it’s raining. I do wish it were colder here right now (I know, roll your eyes), but then I guess the northern lights are a good consolation!
I decided to do Vlogmas this year to document my first Christmas in Tromsø, partly to keep me in the festive spirit and partly to share the holidays here when people abroad aren’t able to visit. This means that I’ll be vlogging every day this month up until Christmas. I’ll be sharing the videos on my YouTube channel, but I’ll also try to share them here when I can.
Yesterday was the first day of Vlogmas, and I celebrated by picking up some traditional Norwegian Christmas decorations at a couple of secondhand shops downtown and then decorating my apartment:
At the end of the video (which I realize you might not make it to since this one is quite long!) I ask if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see from Tromsø, or if you have any questions about life in Tromsø or Norway, or just life in general. Let me know if you have any suggestions or questions and I’ll try to include them in future videos.