By LuAnne Silvia, ASID

At Christmas time decorating for the holidays at our house is about including decorations from my Scandinavian heritage. What a great way to incorporate family heirlooms unique to your cultural background and pass along family traditions.

Here are some holiday decorations from my collection that I treasure and love to unpack each year. Most of them were given to me by my parents. All of the traditional Norwegian Rosemaling ornaments were painted by my mother, Shirley Evenstad, Rosemaling Vesterheim Gold Medalist. 

2009 Sons of Norway Ornament IMG_2045

Hand painted glass ornamentIMG_2046

Hand painted wood ornamentsIMG_2034


This ornament is also by Shirley Evenstad, called Kolrosing. The design is achieved by using a knife to create the lines and then rubbing pine bark onto the surface which darkens and enhances the pattern. IMG_2051


Wood cut ornamentsIMG_2047


Pewter ornamentIMG_2063

Knitted ornament IMG_2048


Candleholder, rosemaling by Shirley EvenstadIMG_2058

Painting I purchased in Norway of Nisse and a Moose in the woodsIMG_2055


Sleeping JensIMG_2071