Advent is the Latin word for ‘arrival’ and is the time for Christmas preparations.
Norwegians bake cakes and biscuits, buy gifts and clean the entire house. This is also the time for decorating and the closer we get to Christmas, the more Norwegians decorate. Windows are decorated with red ribbons, stars and candles, angels and anything else you can imagine. A more recent tradition is to decorate with lots of electric lights outside: trees, balconies, terraces, doors and many other places. The tradition of lighting one candle on the first Sunday of Advent and continuing each Sunday, until all four are lit on the last Sunday before Christmas, is approximately 100 years old. Almost everyone in Norway has a four-armed candelabra and lighting the candles on Advent Sunday is what really gets Norwegians into an early Christmas spirit.
Other Christmas traditions are the Advent calendar, the wreath and the Christmas tree, originally from Germany.