Saturday, 23 November 2013


Every country has its own habits concerning the Christmas season. In the Netherlands people would either get a Christmas bonus/thirteenth month or a Christmas box filled with goodies. Here in Norway it is done a bit differently. 

As part of the economic input of people, taxation on wages in November is lower than in any other month. Half as a matter of fact, leaving people with a lot of dosh to spend on Christmas. Like on Christmas curtains, crockery, food, gifts, whatever. And it is a booming business as well! Which is nice, since I like Christmas.

Then there is another habit: the Christmas dinner (julebord, literally Christmas table) organised by companies all over the country. The company I work for is no different, although it is organised by some colleagues instead of management. And as all other social things: people dress up! 

So, black dress it is, red shoes and where on earth is my Christmas hat???

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  1. The part about the taxes is very interesting! I can't see the US ever doing something like that! This is why I love reading your blog. I learn all sorts of new things!

  2. I can't imagine Canada doing something nice like reducing taxes in November so that people have Christmas money. SO civilized.
    Members of the party now in power in Canada like to be seen as Christians but they aren't, really. They are taking pensions away from wounded war veterans, and giving money to wealthy oil companies. They do not care about the poor and suffering, only about making themselves and their friends rich. They are able to paint this as "progress" and sell it to gullible voters as such, while they destroy the land and the water and the air. It is very stressful for people who love people, trees, lakes, rivers, nature, and especially air.

  3. Sounds like a nice dinner party....
    enjoy! I agree with Ginny Marie, that would never happen in the USA!

  4. I am sure the taxes are averaged over the year, and they take into account the Christmas dividend. But it's still a nice way to do it.


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