Tag Archives: Scandinavia

National Log Cabin Day

Log cabins have long been a symbol of American frontier spirit.  They have also been a part of politics in this country. Seven early Presidents were born in log cabins. The humble structures have also been used in partisan politics, … Continue reading

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Valborgsmässoafton

My friend Anders is getting ready for the big Valborgsmässoafton celebration in Uppsala, Sweden tonight.  It’s a holiday that I faintly remember being talked about by some of the elder family members when I was still a kid. One of … Continue reading

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Gustavus Adolfsdagen

The facts of my family’s Swedish heritage were taught to me, in bits and pieces, throughout my childhood.  The subject of Sweden has delighted me all of my life. However, I’ve often wondered why the histories of nations other than … Continue reading

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Happy Jul

‘Tis the time of the year to toast the season with shouts of joy and skoal!  Many of us know this time of year as Yuletime, Yuletide and celebrate the Yule.  In Scandinavia and many germanic areas, It is Jul … Continue reading

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Merry Beiwe Festival

The other day I spotted an amusing visual on Facebook.  It showed a drawing of the Earth tilted to illustrate the Solstices.  The caption read, “Don’t forget the reason for the season, the tilt of earth’s axis.”  After a good … Continue reading

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