Gækkebrev, Margrethe’s Favorite Tradition

April 24, 2014 When Margrethe Østergaard was just a young girl in Denmark she loved to participate in the Danish tradition of gækkebrev.  Like most, she looked forward to springtime and her family’s Danish Easter traditions, but most of all she looked forward to making the cute paper cut-outs, creating silly rhymes and leaving them…

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A Royal Birthday

April 16, 2014 It is always fun and exciting to talk about birthdays, and it just so happens that today is the monthly birthday celebration at The Danish Home!  I was reminded of this when I attempted to call Mormor this morning and there was no answer.  I had to remind myself that the 3rd…

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Spring Has Finally Sprung!

April 9, 2014 I think it is finally safe to say!  And while the warmer weather brings greener grass, walks, outside play, fresh air and sunshine, it also brings this weekend’s Spring Luncheon hosted by The Women’s Auxiliary.  It’s sure to be a beautiful event now that the melted snow has made way for new blooms…

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The Women’s Auxiliary: Our Essence

March 26, 2014   I was again sifting through the contents of the wooden chest that I happened to stumble upon last spring.  I found it at that charming little antiques shop on Lincoln Avenue that I’ve passed by hundreds of times on the way to visit Mormor at The Danish Home.  That day, however,…

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Think Green!

March 22, 2014   March 20th marked the first day of spring for us here in the Northern Hemisphere.  Known more scientifically as the vernal equinox, derived from the Medieval Latin word equinoxium (for Latin aequinoctium), meaning “equal nights.” This seasonal event is not only cause for a festive mood and invigorating spirit for most after a long,…

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A Grand Anniversary

March 13, 2014   This month marks an amazing anniversary for The Danish Home of Chicago!  March 11th was the 123rd anniversary of the very first meeting of the 12 Founding Women.  These ladies made it their mission to found a home here in Chicago to care for elderly Danish-Americans, having their very first meeting…

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Women’s Day

March 6, 2014 March can be an exciting month.  It may not seem like it with our recent weather, but it isn’t described with the idiom ‘in like a Lion, out like a lamb’ for nothing!  Just a few weeks ago (long weeks, it seems!) it was predicted that there would be six more weeks…

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Anna Mikkelsen

February 26, 2014 Anna Mikkelsen left her home on Grace Street in Chicago and took the short walk to a neighbor’s home at 836 N. Irving Avenue. The air was brisk on her walk and she noticed the sun peaking out of the overcast sky on this particular March afternoon.  “I hope spring arrives soon,”…

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Fastelavn Celebration

February 20, 2014 Last Sunday The Danish Sisterhood joined the Danish American Athletic Club (DAAC) for its Fastelavn Celebration, and I’m told that there was a wonderful turn out!  Members, friends and families with children of all ages took part in the traditional costume parade, and there was Fastelavnsris and Slå katten af tønden (“hit the…

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