There are many things that are done to prepare for the Christmas season – even the government in Norway gets in on the action. One unusual tradition in Norway is the November tax break. All earnings in November are taxed half the regular amount. As most employers pay wages around the middle of the following month, it means the extra money in November comes in right before Christmas in December. So November is the time when employees make the most of their work hours and might even put in a little over time (very unusual!). The purpose of the tax break is to give Norwegians a Merrier Christmas and a Happier New Year.