King Harald asked Norwegians to take extra good care of each other during the Christmas holidays, which will be different this year for many due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The royal family shared a moment of Advent celebration from the Castle Chapel on the fourth Sunday in Advent.
“This year, we want to share an Advent moment with you. I hope you have a great experience with us,” Princess Ingrid Alexandra said.
“Now we are approaching the Christmas holidays, which will be a little different this year for many.
“I hope that we take extra good care of each other and that we show consideration and care that we all need. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas,” King Harald said.
King Harald and Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Prince Sverre Magnus were present during the Advent service, which was recorded on December 15.
Oslo Bishop Kari Veiteberg pointed out that many are not allowed to celebrate the Christmas holidays with their loved ones this year.
She also noted that many feel lonely, some feel dread, and Christmas can feel like a pressure to be happy.
At Christmas, she hopes that we will give ourselves time and space to listen to someone who says we do not need to be afraid.
And fortunately, there is humor and hope, Veiteberg said.
While the royal family lighted candles, Vegard Bjørsmo and Frida Ånnevik sang the Christmas hymn with Sami and Norwegian lyrics.
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