Family and the holidays

For the life of me, I can’t believe we are already back around to Jul. I could swear to you that it was just Midsommar. That my life this year has been all sorts of crazy and hectic would be … Continue reading

Thoughts About Disting

When we look at what we know about Disting, we see three different functions occurring. First, it was a trade market that looks to have catered to hunting and trapping. It would have been an opportunity for people to trade … Continue reading

Winter Feasting: Keeping Your Spirits Up

The Feast of Thorri, or Þorrablót in Old Norse, has some ancient, and mostly lost roots, that are referenced in Orkneyinga saga and a section of Flateyjarbók called Hversu Noregr byggðist (How Norway was settled). Þorri is a mythical human … Continue reading

God Jul

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Lussinatta, or Lussi Night, is a Swedish custom that I find completely fascinating. Today, it is celebrated on the night of December 13th, the Feast Day of St. Lucy. Young girls vie to be selected to represent their schools or … Continue reading

Gävle’s 2013 Julbock is now up.

If you were reading this blog last year, you’d know I have a deep and utterly irrational love of the Swedish julbock. Nothing says Yule to me quite like it. The city of Gävle has celebrated the last 46 years … Continue reading

Midsummer Blót

For those of you who are looking for ideas for a Midsummer blót, here is one that I wrote that you are free to use or modify as you see fit. It is a blót to Sunna and Thor. If … Continue reading

Happy May Day Eve

Walpurgisnacht. Valborgsmässoafton. Försommarafton. Last of April. May Day Eve. It doesn’t matter what language we say it in or by what name we call it, the night before (and day of) May 1st has a long and important history in Scandinavian … Continue reading

Försommar is fast approaching

May Day celebrations have a long and storied history in Germanic lands and is associated with Springtime fertility for the land, livestock, and even people. In Scandinavia, it marks the start of the Summer half of the year but it … Continue reading

Some thoughts about the Springtime

One of the interesting things about being Swedish-American, and living in the South East on top of that, is just how different certain things are from Northern climates. Spring comes earlier for us than for others and this leads to … Continue reading