Issue 13 is out! Meet our lovely cover models, Sandra and Theresa Elise, daughters of Hilde Opoku, deputy mayor in Trondheim kommune, who in addition to modeling for The List #13 contributed with a short interview to tell us how they celebrate this time of year. The perspective of these lovely Ghanaian – Norwegian young girls is unique as Christmas for them means juggling different traditions with family spread across the world.We were not surprised to learn that for both of them the time seems to be cozy. The List agrees! Although Theresa Elise, a 16 years old student of entrepreneurship studies, is not a great fan of winter and cold weather in general, the idea of comfy sweaters and hot cinnamon coffee cheers her up. Her sister, a 19 years old student of an international program, Sandra, sees the season as a time of exciting anticipation: for first snow fall, meeting up with family, and finally, for being excused from drinking hot chocolate all day long. Trondheim appears for them to be a perfect place for celebration and when talking to them about December you can pretty easily visualize Christmas lights decorating Trondheim’s streets and almost smell roasted almonds and cinnamon. For those who can’t smell it only now and want to get that Christmas feeling of Julemarked, we recommend Lacie Goff’s article That Christmas Feeling, which you will find in the new issue of The List. And how Sandra and Theresa Elise spend Christmas? It’s usually in Norway or Ghana, where they visit their family, meet and appreciate the loved ones by eating and drinking together at the celebration table. In Ghana celebration is all about dancing and spending time outside, whereas in Norway it’s rather advisable to stay indoors listening to their cousin playing trumpet. When celebrating New Year’s Eve, they recommend climbing up to Utsikten or Festningen to admire a view of the city brightened up with fireworks.And you – how do you spend this time of year?
Celebration is unique to different cultures, and even to each individual. We all have our own traditions or rituals that vary from place to place, from family to family. The List finds this topic extremely interesting and that is why we asked Courtney Lineback, our lovely American contributor to conduct interviews with her international friends to find out what they associate celebration with. For internationals and locals, interested in the topic, we recommend finding the article Let’s Get the International Festivities Started!
Go, grab a copy of The List and indulge yourself in articles about celebration, brew, homemade gifts and Northern Lights. Find previews and listings of all most important events happening in November and December and don’t forget to celebrate!
Photos by Eno Chege
Words by Kasia Gasiorek