January 29, 2014 With this recent cold snap we’ve been experiencing I’ve gotten a chance to spend some extra time visiting Mormor at The Danish Home. They are keeping themselves quite busy there with all sorts of activities, including cookie making, movies, Club 21 cards and fitness. Sometimes I think she’s busier than I am!…Details
January 21, 2014 With this week being one of remembrance and admiration for the bold and courageous lives of those who came before us, paving the way for the rights we cherish today, it is only fitting that we highlight the life of Miss Mary Thorsen. Granddaughter to Emma and the youngest of the original…Details
January 15, 2014 When I was a girl, my mother and Mormor would take me on day trips downtown to see the sights, shop, have lunch and be part of the hustle and bustle that is our Sweet Home Chicago. As a child, getting dressed in my Sunday best, taking an ‘L’ ride, seeing the…Details
January 7, 2014 I was recently reminiscing with Mormor about Chicago in the wintertime and we remembered the Great Snowball Fight of 2012! What a wonderful time the residents and staff had playing out in the snow like they were children again! That’s just what snowfall does to us all, especially those of us living…Details
December 31, 2013 The New Year is nearly upon us and it is a time for reflection, celebration and resolution. With the holidays now over and 2014 set to begin in just a few hours I sit here curious about how similar Danish and American New Year celebrations are to one another. I did a…Details
December 24, 2013 We all know that Christmas traditions have changed throughout the years. How we celebrate today – decorating an indoor tree, stringing lights, sending holiday cards, loads of gifts, and even travel – are fairly new ways of celebrating (within the last 50-100 years). However, one thing has not changed, and is perhaps…Details
December 19, 2013 I dag er det din fødselsdag – hurra, hurra, hurraaaa.. (Today it is your birthday – hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!) The Danish Home had their December birthday celebration this week and Mormor tells me that The Bell Choir performed beautifully! The teacher of The Bell Choir is the daughter of a resident who…Details
December 10, 2013 December is a month filled with holiday celebrations and traditions. No sooner are the turkey leftovers finished and the last of the pumpkin pie scraped clean from the plate than it seems the boxes of holiday decorations and lights make their way out of their doldrums for their annual debut. Ornaments, baubles…Details
Another holiday season is upon us and the signs are everywhere, from decorations and lights going up to the Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival that took place this past weekend. This is the 22nd year of this wondrous Chicago event, which is now quite a tradition in its own right! People come from all over (an estimated 1 million visitors!) for the grand tree-lighting parade and to see the beautiful fireworks display. Not to mention the excitement that the holiday spirit brings us this time of year!
The weather is getting chillier and nearly all of the leaves have fallen off the trees now. During my visit with Mormor last week I couldn’t help but stop on the front walk of The Danish Home and admire the changing scenery.
I’m sure the grounds and the neighborhood would’ve looked somewhat similar to Emma 122 years ago as well, give or take a few buildings and modern conveniences! Although much time has gone by between our eras, and the environment, activities and traditions of The Home may have changed, the welcoming spirit, love of heritage and the friendliness of the people definitely have not. I (along with many others) believe that this is what makes The Danish Home such a special place.
November 17, 2013 Well the third Wednesday of the month has arrived, and that can only mean one thing around here, The Danish Home of Chicago Birthday Celebration! While visiting my Mormor often over the years, she has told me all about the fun she has each month at the birthday parties. Friends and…Details