Hearts Abloom

May 23, 2014   There’s no denying the beauty that spring brings, and people from Chicago to Copenhagen are reveling in this splendor after the unseasonably long, cold winter.     Springtime in Denmark is quite similar to that of the upper mid-west, with mild temperatures averaging in the high 60s to low-to-mid 70s.  Since Copenhagen…

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Scandinavian Celebration

May 16, 2014     This weekend some of the residents at The Danish Home of Chicago will be traveling to neighboring Park Ridge to participate in the 17th of May Parade, or  Norwegian Constitution Day Parade.  Known as Syttende Mai (May 17) and Nasjonaldagen (The National Day) in Norway, it commemorates the anniversary of when Norway’s constitution…

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“Mors Dag” (Mother’s Day)

May 8, 2014   Last Saturday The Danish Home held a wonderful Mother’s Day Brunch for their residents.  Families were invited to come and spend a beautiful day with their loved ones, and depending on her preference (and allergies) each woman received a lovely flower of her choice.  They so enjoyed this thoughtful gesture by…

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A Visit to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

May 1, 2014   This week marks an amazing event in Chicago history, and if it weren’t for finding this hope chest I would’ve never learned of this first-hand account from someone who actually attended!  Inside a very old journal kept in the chest I found an entry that Mary herself wrote about her incredible…

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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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