Glædelig jul!

December 25, 2014   The countdown to Christmas began weeks ago, and this week finally culminates in the events that many of us have been looking forward to all year: Lilli Juleaften (Little Christmas Eve) and Julen (Christmas)!   All over the world families have their own special Christmas traditions.  Some gather to eat, sing…

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The Joys of Juletid (Christmastime)

It’s safe to say that Christmas was a more modest and tranquil affair back in Emma Thorsen, Anna Mikkelsen and Margrethe Olsen’s day.  They all had a shared heritage, coming to Chicago from Denmark in the late 19th century, which is probably what drew them so close to one another, but each had forged their…

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The Spirit of the Holidays

December 12, 2014 Both Denmark and America share many Christmas traditions, just as many other cultures do around the world at this time of year.  By now, most households have brought home the most perfect juletrae (Christmas tree) and have spent a lovely evening together decorating it.  Plates of our favorite Christmas cookies, such as the…

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Danish Sisterhood of America – Dagmar Lodge #4, Chicago

‘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…

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Anna’s Meal

The last Thursday of November (it wasn’t changed to the 3rd Thursday until around 1939) was one met with welcomed anticipation and enthusiasm for all who knew Anna Mikkelsen, and for Anna herself.  Known for blocks for being an exceptional cook and baker, as well as having a generous and hospitable manner, Thanksgiving with the…

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Mortonsaften

November 13,  2014   Tranquility, pleasant conversation, and a full stomach are all necessary qualities for a successful evening meal.  However, accomplishing this trifecta can often be a nearly impossible feat.  If and when we do have that once-in-a-blue-moon occasion where everyone makes it home on time, sits down at the table together, and enjoys…

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Det Danske Køkken (Danish Cuisine)

Last Sunday was The Danish Home’s Annual Fall Fest and everyone who attended had such a wonderful time!  It was great to see friends and neighbors, and also to meet many new visitors who came for the fun and food.  The Danish Home’s events are always so enjoyable, and this autumn social was no different. …

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Hallowe’en

With Halloween right around the corner it’s a great time to sit around and reminisce about years past.  It’s fun to think of creative costumes to trick-or-treat in, and we can’t forget about all that candy just waiting to be collected!  But how often do you really think about the origins of this annual autumn…

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Annual Fall Festival

October  23, 2014   It has officially been fall for over a month now and the signs are everywhere.  Once exposed arms are now covered by sweaters and jackets, pumpkins are popping up everywhere and the leaves have begun to fall.  Believe it or not, there are only 8 full weeks left until Christmas!  …

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