Monday, September 2, 2013

Send Us Your Holiday Memories

While it's only Labor Day, the Viking staff is working on our upcoming holiday issues, and we want to hear from you! We want our readers to share a favorite yuletide tradition or memory. Maybe it was singing Norwegian Christmas songs and carols in your home or church. Or maybe your family went julebukking or attended a Lucia pageant. 

My strongest holiday memories are related to food, and I'd be willing to bet this is common for many Norwegian Americans. My father celebrated (and still does!) his Norwegian heritage by making rosetter, fattigmann and rullepølse. And all of us kids got in on the fun of making mounds of fresh lefse for our Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinners. Of course no Christmas Eve would have been complete without the lutefisk. My mom usually wanted to serve meatballs along with the fish; my dad agitated for spare ribs. There would always be discussion, but my mom usually ended up winning that debate—I guess it was all part of the tradition.

Now it's your turn. Do you have a favorite holiday tradition or memory rooted in your Norwegian heritage? Share it (in 50 words or less), along with your name and lodge, by emailing We'll select some of our favorites for publication in the November issue of Viking! 

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minn., where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585. 

Image courtesy of National Library of Norway


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