Bengt Hag prepares to hang a sheaf at his door in the Green Lake area of Seattle.
In Sweden, no one is left out at Christmas, even the birds. A sheaf of grain is traditionally hung on a post or in a tree before Christmas. If you don’t have your julkärvar (in Swedish) or julenek (in Norwegian) yet, Stina’s Sheaves has a few left. Call 206-778-1081 to get yours. It can be picked up at the Swedish Club or in Ballard.
Ever wish you could get paid for just being Scandinavian? Maybe you can.
RAF Technology, Inc., a software firm in Redmond, Wash., seeks a temporary, part-time Swedish-language data entry specialist. Send your résumé to Sharon Mattax at
Occasionally we're asked for help translating old letters. It just requires a basic understanding of Swedish, usually Swedish of some decades ago. if you’d like to earn some pocket change while helping people make sense of their family heirlooms.
When the Hindenburg burst into flames, that was unexpected. In Gävle, Sweden, on the other hand, people more or less expect that pranksters will try to set fire to the world's largest julbock, or straw goat, which is displayed every year during Advent at Gävle's Castle Square. To find out whether the goat survives until Christmas (there's a 36 percent chance, based on history), check its Webcam ... or follow the official blog.
Want to learn more Swedish, a little at a time? How about five words a day? Visit Daily Swedish to help build your Swedish vocabulary.
High School Seniors: Apply for Seattle Swedish Community Scholarships
Apply by Mar. 31! Seven college scholarship awards, totaling $20,500, are available for high school seniors in King County. Swedish ancestry is not required. Download an application today!
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Are You in the Book?
Our new Membership Directory is here! With names and phone numbers of all current members, plus business listings, it's the perfect way to get in touch with those nice folks you saw at the pancake breakfast, or find the right bakery for Swedish goodies. Copies available, to members only, for $5 if you pick them up at the Club. If you want it mailed (add $4 for postage), please call the office at (206) 283-1090.
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