Welcome to the Blog Advent Tour

Today is the 16th day of the Blog Advent Tour and I am honored to be one of the bloggers to share some Pre-Christmas cheer with you.

I am definitely feeling the spirit of the season, as this is the first Christmas I will be spending in the Northern Hemisphere for a very long time. The last five have been spent in Australia, where it is hot and sunny and beachy. Summer is lovely and all, but being Norwegian, I cannot help but feel that Christmas should be spent in the dark of winter in front of a cozy fire. The Christmas bauble of Bryggen here on this page reminds me of my family in Norway who always seem especially far away during Advent.
The Colorado weather is definitely cooperating with my quest for a white Christmas at the moment – we have record low temperatures and snow on the ground. I am thrilled to be able to use my fireplace, my candles, and the outdoor lights! But today, as you take a moment out of your day to think about the Season …

I would like to take you to a different world, where the Feast of Winter Veil has arrived! Yes, on December 15th, the 11 million people who play World of Warcraft saw the arrival of some very festive cheer! Greatfather Winter has arrived in the Dwarven town of Ironforge, getting ready to hand out presents!

I know many people have heard of the online game World of Warcraft, but many of you might be mystified by the whole thing. So I thought it might be fun to share how gamers celebrate the season in the world of Azeroth. For the next two weeks, players can go on quests to find the missing deer Metzen, throw snowballs at each other, or craft special
Christmassy things. My gnome, for example, got this special letter from Greatfather Winter yesterday, with a recipe for lovely Hot Spiced Apple Cider! I also stepped into a funny looking transformer device, and stepped out dressed in a VERY skimpy Santa suit, as you can see below the recipe. I also went and told Santa what I wanted for Christmas (an epic flying mount would be nice!), and visited the present cart in Stormwind.

I’m sure most people would be amazed at all the festivities going on. Every inn in every town also has some people under a mistletoe, and if you kiss them (/kiss), you might get a pleasant surprise!!

As you can see, even the Dalaran bank is decorated with lights and Christmas trees for the Season.

I hope I have shown you a very Gamer kind of Christmas! Of course my real life is also filled with Christmas preparations, decorations, and wonderful nostalgic memories – and I can’t wait to make some wonderful memories this year.

Why not start by visiting another blog on the tour? Today’s other stops are: Stuff as Dreams are Made On and Omah’s Helping Hands. May the joy of the Season overshadow any stress that it also inevitably brings! Merry Christmas!

Comments (25)

  1. Krissi


  2. Ladytink_534

    Huh. That looks a lot cooler than I imagined it would… nope I refuse to be sucked in! My poor cousin is already a game widow so I can’t leave my husband the same way lol.

  3. Bogsider

    Great post. I am not a gamer, but have know a lot of people who are. They have never told me about all those X-mas things going on though πŸ™‚ So that was a cool thing to get to know. And yes, I understand that Denver (or Australia) must seem a very long way from Norway, specially around the holidays. I mean, I think Norway is far from Denmark πŸ˜‰ But at least I can go down to the Copenhagen harbour and take the ferry up there to Oslo and it will only take a night….Have a great Christmas over there.


  4. Kailana

    This was a cool idea for a post! My mother plays this game. I have no interest. My ex played Final Fantasy Eleven and they did all sorts of holiday things too! While I will never play, it is fun to hear about. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Melissa

    What an interesting post; I had no idea there was all that out there. Fun!

  6. Nymeth

    Awesome post πŸ˜€ I’ve never played any MMORPGs, but my boyfriend used to be very much into them, so I hear a lot about how they work as communities with their own traditions, strong ties, etc. Reading this post was a lot of fun πŸ™‚

  7. Julia Smith

    I’m familiar with World of Warcraft, mainly through several videos on YouTube which were fashioned using the characters in that realm. Jonathan Coultan’s ‘I Feel Fantastic’ is a good one.

    I love how the world that makes up World of Warcraft gets into the holiday spirit, as well!

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  9. Michelle

    I love this post! How very different, I would have never known otherwise.. so thank you πŸ™‚ And Merry Christmas!

  10. Kerrie

    A colleague at work did an introductory session to W.O.W. for us a few days ago, but he didn’t mention the Christmas celebrations! They look great

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    Howdy! You have a Christmas Spirit Award waiting for you at my blog…

  12. Vickie

    Great post and thanks for sharing. Sorry, I am a little late on the Advent Tour, playing catch up.

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