‘Tis the season for the many welcomed traditions we look forward to all year long, and this Saturday is no exception. My Mormor and the other residents of The Danish Home look forward to The Danish Sisterhood’s annual Christmas visit because they have such a lovely time together each year. Whether they are singing hymns and carols or just visiting with one another, The Danish Sisterhood’s visit just seems to usher in the joys of the holidays!
At nearly 2,000 members, The Danish Sisterhood of America is the largest organization of Danish women in the United States. It was organized in 1883 by Christine Hemmingsen as a funeral benefit organization, originally named Danske Søster Samfund (Danish Sister Society). You can read more about The Danish American Sisterhood’s inception in a previous post here.
The Chicago Dagmar Lodge #4 was started on March 29, 1885 and today has nearly 100 members. They hold many fundraisers, such as the Aebleskiver Booth at the Scandinavian Day Picnic each September in Vasa Park, where 20% of the profit is donated back to the venue. However, their biggest fundraiser is in March with the Winter Luncheon, where Frikadeller is served (naturally!). This November they also participated in the 1st International Christmas Market at The Estonian House. From these profits they give donations to other Scandinavian organizations, such as The Danish Home, The Danish Sisterhood Supreme Lodge, and The Museum of Danish America.
Furthermore, they sponsor various events and activities throughout the year, including, the July Birthday Party at the Danish Home, a Cookie Walk on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and they provide coffee and goodies after the Annual Danish Church Service in December. This year the 21st Annual Christmas Service takes place on December 13th (read more about it here).
They provide grants and scholarships, and often team up with other organizations for the good of the Danish-American community. They participate in such events as Painting and Maintenance Day in Scandinavian Park, annual Fastelavn Party with the Danish American Athletic Club, Danish Bird Shoot with the Danish Royal Guards, as well as, participating in the Norwegian Parade and volunteering at the Danish Home’s Summer Picnic and Fall Festival.
With the mission of the Danish Sisterhood of America being “to strengthen, maintain and preserve the Danish heritage and traditions for future generations,” it would seem that Dagmar Lodge #4 in Chicago is living up to this worthy undertaking. Read more about this wonderful organization at www.DanishSisterhod.com!
Frikadellar, Kransekage, Gløgg, oh my! Looking for a load of amazing Danish recipes? Check out The Danish Sisterhood’s website here!