As the Sons of Norway enters its 125th year, Music City Vikings Lodge 5-681 reaches its tenth year, which it celebrated in the finest fashion at Julefest 2019!
More than 90 people gathered on Sat., Dec. 7 at Brentwood Country Club to enjoy and share the Scandinavian traditions of the Christmas season.
Evelyn McDaniel coordinated the event, from the beautifully decorated venue and Juletree to the delicious Scandinavian buffet, which included Norwegian meat cakes with lingonberry jam, mashed potatoes and gravy, cucumber and other salads, steamed vegetables and potato lefse. The lefse was made for all by the musical Christianson family.
Scandinavian desserts were provided by members and guests and included riskrem, kransekake, krumkaka, sandbakkels with lingonberry jam , almond kaka, Danish and Norwegian kringla, serinakaka, pepperkakker gutter, Swedish choklad kaka and more.
MC Carol Fidler welcomed everyone, led the singing of the Norwegian National Anthem and table prayer, and then told some of the 10 year history of MCV. President Oscar Krosnes was recognized for his years of leadership. The charter members present were presented 10 year certificates. A powerpoint of lodge photos and information was also played through the evening.
Membership Chair Karen Kennedy sang Take Me Back, written for the Music City Vikings lodge by MCV members Joe Sun (James Joseph Paulsen, D.10/25/2019),Tore Anderson (D.12/26/2015), and Ottar “Big Hand” Johansen. Take me Back was sung at the MCV Installation Celebration Dinner on October 31, 2009 by the Norwegian-American music group NorVille, which included Brent Moyer.
MCV members Brian and Nicole Christianson, daughter Elsie and talented musical friends sang and played guitar. Solveig Leithaug, a Norwegian recording artist, played the guitar and sang in both Norwegian and English.
The children present were treated to sheets of Scandinavian folk patterns to color, compliments of Julenissen, or Santa Claus. Some of the members and guests wore traditional Norwegian bunads.
It is traditional to end the evening by dancing around the Juletree and singing Norwegian songs.
God Jul og Godt Nytt År alle sammen.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.