Candles of Advent

It`s the first sunday of advent, which means it`s time to light a candle. This is an old and cherished tradition in Norway. Both at home and at school, the lighting of a new advent candle is an important event. Each sunday stands for different things; Joy, Hope, Longing and peace; and as each candle is lit, the waiting time for christmas diminishes.

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Saving Light

No, I`m not talking about a good way to save money on electricity, I’m talking about daylight saving time. I just don’t see what the need is for it in Norway. Since we`re situated so far north in the Northern Hemisphere, we have really long summer days anyway, and in Northern Norway, it never even gets dark due to the Midnight Sun. And in the winter it sure would’ve been nice to have a bit more light later in the day, so that it’s not pitch black when you head home from work. It`s like never fully waking up. You`re always tired, because it always feel like it`s nighttime. When we turn the clock back in October, we`re supposed to be getting more light in the morning, but I haven’t seen much of that. This picture was taken at 7.30 this morning, and you can see the sunrise on the way.Image

It’s generally dark in the morning, and when you go home after a long day at work or school. Now, I have to admit that we do have it a lot better here in the southern part of Norway, as we actually have a chance of seeing the sun during the day. In northern Norway, the sun goes down in late November and doesn’t show itself until late January. Now, that’s horrible. Believe me. I`ve been there done that for 11 years. The only positive thing with that are all the evenings you just want to stay outside watching the Northern Lights dance across the sky. Its breathtaking, magical and paralyzing at the same time.

Image(National Geographic)

 

I`ve noticed that there are some readers from Canada, what are your thoughts about daylight savings? Does it affect your everydaylife?