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Choose your own Christmas goat & gnome

Benevolent spirits Eric Stavney Mukilteo, Wash. In late November, my family unpacks the Christmas chest and sets out those objects that define the season for us. Setting aside all the ornaments, lights, and garlands,...

The magic of the missing nisse

We may never know where this gnome roamed on his four-decade-long journey Barbara K. Rostad Coeur d’Alene, Idaho With Christmas almost here, it is a certainty that julenisser in Norway are everywhere, prancing across...

Luciadagen

Norsk 101: Saint Lucia Day (Luciadagen)

Language practice with Christie Ericson My favorite part of the holidays is Saint Lucia Day, which is celebrated on Dec. 13 (Feiringen av Luciadagen den 13. desember er førjuls­tradisjonen jeg liker aller best). I...

And the winning gingerbread is…

Congratulations to the winners in Norway House’s Gingerbread Wonderland The competition was especially fierce this year! With such an increase in the number of structures, new categories were added. Fourteen Gingerbread Wonders received honors...

Christmas book flood

An Icelandic tradition worth importing Elizabeth Bourne Seattle Jólabókafló∂ is Iceland’s most loved Christmas tradition. Compared to some of Iceland’s other Christmas customs—child-eating cats, fermented skate, and the criminal 13 Yule Lads—a Christmas book...

Amalie Skram

Amalie Skram meets the 21st century

Translations of the 19th-century Norwegian novelist introduce her to new audiences Barbara Sjoholm Port Townsend, Wash. Three Norwegian novels: A pretty, high-spirited singer at Copenhagen’s Tivoli captures the heart of a gentleman who hopes...

Never too old

Groovy Grandma has a passion to create Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. How does one define the work of an artist who produces in a variety of styles, themes, and materials? Perhaps it’s best to...

Christmas at (or near) the North Pole

In the dark of polar night, Longyearbyen celebrates the season of light in its own ways Elizabeth Bourne Seattle Everyone knows Santa Claus delivers toys to good children and lumps of coal to bad...

Solberg wins first Global Citizen Prize

The Norwegian prime minister’s commitment to equal rights for women earns her this recognition Global Citizen Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has been awarded the inaugural Global Citizen Prize for a World Leader for...