Holidays

Norwegian heritage & making Lefse

I always feel a special connection to my Norwegian side of the family at Christmastime, when my family makes lefse together.

I grew up very close to my paternal grandmother and her sister, and their mother Palma was 100% Norwegian. Palma’s grandmother Signe came to America when she was 9 years old with her parents Tone & Olav from Telemark, Norway. (p.s. “Tone” is pronounced “Too-na”, & “Signe” is “Seeg-na”. Looked it up here because I like to pronounce their names properly when I think of them 😉

Over the summer I discovered some old photos of their Norwegian families (thanks ancestry.com!), & used them to put together this little pedigree.

norwegian-tree

I feel lefse making in our family has been something of a maternal heritage, passed on through the mothers, and to me by my grandmother and great aunt. It’s nice to have a connection to these women and families from our past, even a small one.

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