It’s not uncommon for Norwegian kids to make home-made decorations in kindergarten or school. One of them is the beloved “dorullnisse”, or loo roll santa. Which, pretty much is the inside of a toilet roll decorated with felt or paper, with a big paper ball secured at the top as a head, with a beard made of cotton and a paper hat. It doesn’t sound too impressive, but it’s amazing to see how different these decorations can be depending on who made them.
Decorating the tree is another important task when getting ready for Christmas. As this is something that can be very time consuming, as there might be a lot of ornaments, the nisse family would of course take part in this fun activity.
A tradition it might have taken me a while to get into is sending Christmas cards. While it might seem as though you’re writing the same thing over and over, it’s always nice to remind people that you care about them and think about them during the holidays.
Wrapping presents can both be a core and really fun. Of course I had to create some paintings of the little nisse children struggling while wrapping presents. This image also shows that while things are difficult, you can can succeed at doing them.
The nisse children did an amazing job with wrapping these presents. It seems as though they even made their own bows.
Baking Christmas cookies is one of my favourite traditions. In Norway there are so many different types of cookies and sweets that are made in time for the holidays.
Decorating gingerbread is a tradition most people know, and maybe even do. While baking tends to fall on just a few people, decorating, on the other hand, is a thing everyone can partake in. Of course, for the nisse family it might be a little bit trickier, as they’re smaller than what they’re trying to decorate. However, they are masters at team-work and get the job done.
In Norway we light advent candles the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, though we don’t light them all at once. The first Sunday we light just one candle, but don’t let it burn down. The second Sunday we light two, and three on the third Sunday, and finally all are lit on the fourth Sunday. This is also why the candles are all a slightly different height.
Watching the snow come down isn’t necessarily for all people, but it’s pretty calming, especially when you can stay inside and stay nice and warm. Of course I felt it was fitting that the nisse children would do the same.
Building snowmen is a thing these tiny nisse children also enjoy. Their snowmen might not be as big as you or I could make, but it’s still pretty impressive to that they create a snowman that’s bigger than themselves!