Category: Features

Norwegian flowers

Flowers that bloom in spring

Barneblad: a monthly feature to share with kids and grandkids Brought to you by Lori Ann Reinhall With the festivities of Easter week over and days getting longer, there’s a new sense of excitement...

The origins of Norway’s bloody Easter

Norwegians invented modern crime fiction and celebrate Easter by reading about murder Glenn Folkvord Gjerdrum, Norway One would think that after a long, dark, and bitter winter, Norwegians would welcome spring, sun, and the...

Child's Christmas

A Child’s Christmas Prize

Fiction By Larrie Wanberg At Christmas when I was four years old, my parents told me a story from Norway about a family of elves—we called them nisser—who would play tricks on people, sometimes...

Julenek Norwegian Christmas tradition

Traditions of Christmas past

From feeding the birds to trick-or-treating, our ancestors knew how to celebrate jul Amy Boxrud Norwegian-American Historical Association Eating lutefisk and lefse, making sandbakkels and rosettes, and opening gifts on Christmas Eve instead of...

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...