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Winter Solstice Traditions and the Scandinavian Christmas

    • Winter Solstice Traditions and the Scandinavian Christmas will be presented from 6-7:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures by Kristina Feste-Hanson, co-director of the Scandinavian Alliance of Colorado. The program will explore the connections between Nordic mythology and Scandinavian folk traditions and their adaptation and influence into Christmas practices. Attendees will gather in a circle around the Christmas tree amongst the Northern Lights as Feste-Hanson highlights how Scandinavian Christmas traditions derive their meaning from the Viking/Pre-Christian and folk celebrations of the winter solstice. Traditional Scandinavian Christmas baked goods and drink will be served, and participants will experience hands-on Scandinavian crafts and a mini Saint Lucia celebration. The presentation is in conjunction with the Museum’s Main Gallery exhibit, Fire and Light: Winter Solstice Traditions. Tickets to the program are $5/person, and reservations are requested at The Global Village Museum is located at 200 West Mountain Avenue, and Museum hours are 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit or call 970-221-4600.