From the day we heard we would be celebrating Christmas with Ferie for Alle (Holiday for All) in Røros, our excitement level was quite high. For all 6 of the youth delegates, this Christmas was special. For Aina, Maeva, Johan Sebastian and Sebastian they celebrated Christmas in a new way. For Rajesh and Shabnam it was the first time they celebrated Christmas. What would have been a better way to celebrate Christmas than in a magical Røros surrounded by friends. We would like to thank Nørd- Trøndelag Røde Kors for arranging this for us.
Our journey for Ferie for Alle started on 22nd December with 8 families from different parts of Trøndelag. Each one of us were responsible for one family. The pairing up was quiet funny when you don't know Norwegian well and they don't speak English. Google Translator was the saviour for most of us.
We got the taste of Norwegian winter culture with Skiing, riding dog sledge, eating Norwegian Christmas dishes. Exploring Røros with the families was fun as we our shoes were buried in inches of snow as we walked.
We participated in activities like decorating PepperKakker, bowling, Christmas activities of the hotel and lots and lots of swimming, sauna and laying in jacuzzi.
On our last night of Ferie for Alle, we had visit from a guest who called himself Røros Troll. He entertained by singing and telling about Røros. He invited all the particitipants to sign a song from their homeland where we prticipated too. After that, we invited all the families to dance with us.
Spending these Christmas holidays together were great for us as even being away from our families we were with wonderful friends and families.
We also had the opportunity to celebrate the new year together at Steinkjer. Which was a little special because the custom says to receive the New Year on the Bridge at midnight. We had our little party at home where we danced, eat before going out to join the tradition. Fireworks an eye everywhere, cries of joys, tears, and everyone hugging everyone and wishing Happy New Year.