A glimpse of the Christmas market at Oslo Montesorri School

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(My lovely friend Liv is so kind to send me this beautiful picture, taken in Hallingdal, Norway, where her idyllic cottage is located)

We got a letter on Thursday saying that my youngest son was granted admission, which means he would become a pupil at Oslo Montesorri School from August next year. It´s good news and here we´re, at the annual Christmas market arranged by the school and parents of the pupils in collaboration. We´re here in November every year, a family tradition at Christmas time.

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A great deal of the items sold at the market are made by the parents themselves, such as knitwear, Christmas decorations, home-made jams and a wide range of cakes. These dedicated parents work together to ensure that the event becomes an enjoyable experience for the visitors, year after year. The income generated from the sales goes back to the school and then to the pupils. Some of the school tours are partly financed by it, I’m told.

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(Ginger bread “pepperkaker” baked and decorated by the pupils)

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(Hats knitted and soaps made by the parents)

Then it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that my oldest son gets his lunch, the hamburger prepared and served by the Norwegian prince Haakon Magnus, who is in charge of one of the wooden cabins. His son, prince Sverre Magnus is also a pupil here. I´m still surprised, surprised by his presence and preference. On this chilly beautiful Saturday, he’s contributing to make it a memorable experience for the visitors, to offer his support to the school and the pupils, just like any other ordinary parents.

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(Home-made jams with organic berries, oranges and apples from the gardens)

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(The high “kransekake” made of almond and icing sugar is a Norwegian speciality, a “must” in celebration of major events)

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(The book titled “A magic story about feelings” is a great present under the Christmas tree)

A family who owns a small farm bring their two ponies to the school at this time every year, those kids who are eager for a ride would line up in the queue, stroking the hair of the horses, and chatting. The cute ponies are not here today unfortunately, the mother in the family told me that the road down to the school was too icy for the ponies to come alone.

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(The children are encouraged to bake and decorate their “pepperkaker”)

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(The artwork of my oldest son)

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(Christmas presents made by the children: cocoa powder topped with chocolates and marshmallows)

The ginger bread “pepperkaker” is tightly connected with the Christmas tradition in Norway, an inevitable part of Christmas preparation. Baking pepperkaker brings the whole family together in a cold snowy evening. In my family we all have our own favourite figures, I love transforming the dough into different family members, which are not always distinguishable to others. Only I can tell who is the little brother and who is the older one based on those tiny marks I´ve made on them. And I make pepperkaker figure of myself, some extra effort is certainly made to ensure that I look great and pretty. These figures with a personal character are always the last ones to be picked up, a bit sad to put your mother into your mouth, don’t you think? So those animal figures have to go first.

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The Montessori Method of education is developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. It’s a child-centured approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. It’s believed that children learn best and most naturally in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment.

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(I just have to share another two pictures taken by Liv, a view outside her cottage in the early morning. Thank you Liv!)

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It´s almost 01:00 a.m in Norway, I´m heading off to bed now. Thank you for reading and hope you enjoyed it 😊

Take care.

With love, Isabelle ❤️

Author: Isabelle

Content writer / editor & Language advisor

10 thoughts on “A glimpse of the Christmas market at Oslo Montesorri School”

  1. Lovely post❤️ I’ve been participated many times in this event.. It’s fun and brings all of us together. The kids are really great when they make stuff them self and lovely to see the parents helping each other

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    1. Thank you so much Tina! ❤️ Yes it was great, we stayed there until the end and watched a Christmas show performed by the pupils. The parents were dedicated and worked on shift. Fully agree, the “pepperkaker” time is one of the most precious moments at Christmas, bringing the whole family together. 😊

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  2. It really looks lovely over there 🙂 Just looking at pics warms my heart and feels like Xmas is close. In my country, people do celebrate it but in a very different way. Culturally it’s very different and I can’t tell which is better or not. But personally, I’m not really into the way it’s celebrated here. I hope that I’d have a chance to explain the differences to you.
    Quite cool that price of Norway prepared hamburgers for kids there (btw, I learned that Norway has the royal family)! Becoming friend with a price or a princess sounds nice to me 🙂
    Pepperkaker looks so yummm! Wish I could taste one! Btw, I didn’t think that your family-member-looking-pepperkakers are meant for eating. Yes, it might feel a little weird to eat them even though they’re cookies.. I’d rather keep them as more as a souvenir. 🙂
    Thanks for the lovely post and pics.

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    1. Thank you so much for such a thoughtful and lovely comment Ethan! Though Thanksgiving was yesterday, can you still sense my gratitude? 😊 You got the essence of the post, great! It was good to meet the prince in Norway, who’s just so nice and friendly, and he’s not reluctant for a chat. We don’t treat pepperkaker as souvenirs. When all those other figures are gone, we jump on to the “family” ones. Normally, the head has to go first. I’d love to hear the differences between Christmas traditions in your country and mine. Let’s take it on our own terms 😊 Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thank you! Surprised by the word “koselig” in your comment 😊 Always nice to meet my fellow Norwegians in the blogging community. Yes we had a lovely experience on that Saturday 😊

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