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Holiday traditions, Swedish and quirky

Posted Dec 01 2012 9:45pm
Ever since I was a kid, traditions were my favorite part of the holidays -- unearthing the ornaments and decorations the day after Thanksgiving, baking cookies from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book with my mom, going to my elementary school's Holiday Gift Shop and buying my family and friends gifts (with my parents' money). Such simple pleasures that mean the world to you when you are a kid. While a lot of the rituals my family has practiced over the years seem pretty in line with how other American families spend the holidays, there are a few quirky things that made us stand out -- and made me really embrace the holidays. We Hermansons (Johnsons and Jorgensons too) are Nordic and incorporate Swedish and Norwegian traditions into our holidays. You'll find wood-carved Scandinavian folk dolls and trolls with battle-ax standing among Mary, Joseph and the Wise Men, surrounding the baby Jesus. My dad would bring home glögg, a Swedish mulled beverage, that his coworker would make every Christmas. And, there'd be genuine Swedish gingersnaps. ...
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