Category: Norwegian Heritage

Chasing away Christmas with old customs

Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. I love that Norway savors the yuletide season, beginning with Advent calendars, stars, and wreaths. And for Norwegians, the holidays are not over right after Christmas but extend well into...

Kay Skaftun

In loving memory: Kay Skaftun

From Kansas to the Emerald City to over the rainbow Catherine Ann Skaftun, known as Kay, died on Dec. 10, 2019, at age 73, while vacationing on Maui. I wish I could report that...

Andreas Stassivik

The American dream of Norway

Andreas Stassivik Ingerid Jordal Odda, Norway Andreas Stassivik is thinking about the future. He is thinking of Norway. Thirty-two years ago he was baptized Andrew Nelson, but as a 29-year-old, he changed his name...

That’s the way the krumkake crumbles

Making passable krumkake is harder than it looks Eric Stavney Mukilteo, Wash. As someone presses play on the cassette player and the “Charlie Brown Christmas” album starts turning, the kitchen cupboard door is thrown...

Julebukk or yak?

Is the Norwegian Julebukk, or “Christmas Goat,” actually a Tibetan yak? M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway One of the oldest surviving characters in the legends of Christmas is the Julebukk (“Christmas Goat”) of Norway, known...

Thor Jensen obit

The Search for Thor

By Randi Millman-Brown Thor Jensen, 36, moves from Oslo to Hammerfest. He is promoted to bank manager, becomes engaged, and takes a one-month hiking trip through occupied Finnmark in 1941. By the end of...