Category: Features

Drøbak Santa

Santa will not retire

Age won’t keep Julenissen from his work Tove Andersson Oslo, Norway “My goal is to answer 25 percent of the incoming letters,” Santa says. Behind the Santa beard is Tom Kristiansen, 72, tourism manager...

Christmas tree

Spiders, missing branches, and joy

A holiday tale of one family’s adventure in cutting their own Christmas tree Eric Stavney Seattle About four years ago my family decided to get a real Christmas tree the old way—cutting it down...

Traditional Norwegian lefse

On lefse and her spirit

The best holiday traditions bind loved ones together, and making lefse is no different Aaron B. Skogen Orlando, Fla. As a child, I would gleefully look forward to what felt like a national holiday...

Two marzipan pigs.

Marzipan pigs, a Christmas tradition

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway Playing with marzipan is like playing with play dough… except you can eat it! In Norway it is used to cover cakes, often cakes filled with cream. Yum! It...

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2017 Gift Guide

Our Gift Guide has ideas for everyone on your list, including… The Norski who has everything A) God Jul Bunting by Nordic Inspirations. Welcome friends and relatives to your Christmas celebration with this unique...

Best hamburger on earth—in Norway?

Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Each year the four-day American Festival Extravaganza is held in Vanse, Norway, during the last week in June. As part of the event, it hosts a cooking contest, judged for...

A poster of people forming the letters of the alphabet.

Norway: one country, many languages

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway World Children’s Day, or Barnas Verdensdag, is celebrated every year in Norway. Many places host free celebrations for children and their families with music, art, stories, dance, and food...

A Halloween mural.

Lose yourself to Halloween in Norway

American Kristy Kongevold shares her love for Halloween with her local community in Vanse, Norway, putting on an ever-more-elaborate Spooky Barn Maze each year Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Kristy Kongevold hails from Illinois but...

Hirsch holding two spoons and standing in front of woodworking tools.

Carving out empowerment

Women’s woodworking classes instill self-confidence alongside practical skills Leslee Lane Hoyum Rockford, Minn. If I could have followed my dream after high school, I would have headed directly to Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. I...