Sunday, December 13, 2009
Christmas is Santa Claus, mistletoe and the giant tree at Rockefeller Center. But It’s also so many smaller seasonal traditions and customs.
One such regional traditional Christmas can be found in Elkhorn, Nebraska. It was there on the Prairies and the Great Plains that many Scandinavians made their home.
This heritage is celebrated each year at the Little Scandinavian novelty shop on Main Street, the Old Lincoln Highway.
Christmas traditions from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland are to be found being celebrated. There’s food and music and customs in the midst Norwegian sweaters, Scandinavian textiles, candles napkins and other novelty gifts. There’s a Scandinavian Deli, and even free coffee and Scandinavian Ginger Snaps.
In this “Journey into Nebraska” we speak with Leona Anderson of the Little Scandinavia about her little corner of Scandinavia in Nebraska and how they celebrate and preserve their traditions at Christmas-time there.