The turkey is in the oven, stuffed with grand aunt Anna's very special stuffing. Anna lived much of her grown up life in America, but came back to Norway to spend her old age here. I was lucky to get to know here the last years she lived, and I remember many wonderful parties and gatherings in her Amerikan style house at Moi where my family in law lives. When she came back turkey was an almost unknown meal here in Norway, so she had a hard time finding birds for her Christmas meals. Her stuffing is lovely, and I always make ALOT of it - sometimes it feels like we are eating more stuffing than turkey :-) The waldorf-salad is finished, and we have rice left-overs since the party. Marta and I were downtown this morning for a few leisure errands, and on our way home we stopped at a favourite sweet shop to buy sweets for tonight. New Years Eve means extra sweets, and lots of sweets.
We will be alone tonight, the six of us. Usually we spend this last evening of the year with friends, but we have been so busy with celebrations and houseguests this Christmas it is good to be alone. The oldest kids will go out to meet friends later on, but first we'll have the meal together, and then chatting, playing games and may be watch a video. A perfect way of saying good bye to the old year and wish the new one welcome.
Terje and Marta are out ice skating now, and with no more dinner preparations I have time to write the last chapter in my 2005 diary, think out some new year's resolutions, and travel a couple of chapters with Alexandra David-Neel to the old Thibet.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY. My prayer tonight is that we all will contribute, big or small, to make the world a better place to live in during the next year.