Last week I told you of my "Quest for a Christmas Tree". Now it has been put to good use and looks more or less like Norwegian Christmas trees are supposed to do. It was decorated on Sunday (we do it late in this country) and the gifts were put beneath. We do not use "the stocking method" here (what kind of stocking would hold them, anyway? ). In Norway it is customary to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, with the dinner and opening of presents and all the "trimmings". The 25th is often used for family gatherings and so forth.
This year I got a gift of a very special kind: My daughter No. 2 and her cohabitant gave me two pigs! Or more correctly - they gave me the opportunity to donate two pigs to people in South-East Asia who needed "ordinary" presents more than I do. For me, the present was the pleasure of donating to someone else something that is really needed.
This is an arrangement organized by The Norwegian Church Aid (Kirkens Nødhjelp) whereby you "give away" the opportunity of donating everyday products to people in need. So yesterday the family received, pigs, trees, chickens, mosquito nettings and I don't know what.
A memorable evening.
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