Swedish-American Society 
Newsletter, Decmber 2001 Edition

President: Larry Leonardson 721-6827
Web master: Larry Leonardson 721-6827

                        WHEN NEXT WE MEET: 
Sunday, December 16, 2001
Third Floor, First Lutheran Church
13th and Colley Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia 23517

SETUP at 10:00 Saturday morning for the  people contacted by Alise Dilworth (489-0490).  The other six should be there Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. to complete the table settings and beverage setup. 

SMÖRGASBORD SETUP at 3:30 p.m. with Marilyn Melendy (625-2994).  If you have not already signed up to bring a dish, please call Marilyn to find out what is needed. Fish, including herring, salmon mold, smoked salmon Jansen's Temptation, sylta, potatiskorv, butter and cheeses, breads, vegetables including potatoes, brown beans, red cabbage,  olives, pickles, lingon berries, desserts including rice pudding, cookies, glögg a la Hans Thunander, and any other traditional foods you would like to bring.

GUESTS: a $5.00 contribution for each adult sixteen or over. If bringing guests, please include in your food contribution enough for yourselves and your guests.

Sunday , December 16, 2001


4:00  Fellowship Hour.
5:00  Välkommen to members and guests, followed by Du Gamla, My Country, and I Jesu Namn, after which all move till bords.
5:45  TED “YONSON” with solos and sing-along in Swedish and English.
6:15 the SANKTA LUCIA ceremony directed by Lizbeth Coker and introduced by Bentley Anderson.
6:45  Hälsa Dem Där Hemma and clean up.
Gud Jul and welcome to new members by Bentley Anderson, President-Elect.

****The January meeting of our Society will be an open forum discussion and critique of food and programs during 2001 so that we
can plan the best possible programs for 2002.

God Jul och Gott Nytt År 


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 When Last We Met
 The monthly meeting of the Swedish-American Society was held on Sunday, November 18th. The social hour began at 4:00 with
hors d’oeuvres and beverages.  Music by Evert Taube was played during the social hour.  At 5:00 we for singing Du Gamla du fria and America. 
The Swedish table grace “I Jesu Namn” was then prayed.  Afterwards we partook of turkey with dressing and cranberries and a variety of side dishes and desserts.  

 Ted Johnson led us in singing “O store Gud”, “Tack O Dud for vad du varit”, Ja man han Leva”, “Rida rida ranka” “Kostervalsen”, Sankta Lucia”, “Staffan var en Sllalendräng”, “Halsa dem darhemma”.

  The president, Larry Leonardson,  announced that the Sankta Lucia celebration would take place on December 16th.  He read the names of those who would bring the food and decorations for the celebration and the items that they would bring.  Members were encouraged to bring other decorations.   

 The treasurer, Don Lundquist, announced that 39 members had signed up for the coming year at the time of the meeting.  He said the treasury balance was about $1400.  Shirley Anderson volunteered to call the newspaper to publicize the Christmas Celebration.  The president introduced our guests, namely Aron Davis, Dawn Carroll, and Beverly George.  Shirley Anderson told of the Virginia Beach Little Theatre performance of “My Three Angels” and encouraged members to see the play.
 A drawing was then held for prizes that were brought by the members for the raffle.

 The meeting was then adjourned. 

 Respectfully Submitted,
   Ed Unser  Secretary

                Take the I-64 E ramp towards HAMPTON/NORFOLK.
                Merge onto I-64 E.
               Take the I-564/US-460/GRANBY ST exit, towards Naval Base.
               Keep LEFT at the fork in the ramp.
               Merge onto GRANBY ST/US-460 W.
               Turn RIGHT onto W 38TH ST.
               Turn LEFT onto COLLEY AVE.
               Turn RIGHT onto MAURY AVE.

  If coming from the peninsula, take I-64 across the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, follow 64 to 264 East (144). Follow 264 to the Witchduck Road exit, after exiting, turn left onto Witchduck Road. About 1/4 to ½ mile is Ruritan Drive (fire station light is there). Turn left on Ruritan, go the end of the street, building is on the left. 
Remember we are not meeting at this location in December.


    As many of you are aware, I have stated that I will no longer be the editor of this newsletter. Demands of work (especially during tax season) and college will make that impossible this next year.  I am willing to copy previous files to share with the new editor, who contrary to popular belief, WILL NOT be my husband, as if he does it, just means that I will be doing it. He will continue as the website manager so the person doing the newsletter will need to have a computer with email access so they can send the files to Lenny to upload to the website. 
  I will continue to do crafts with the children.  We now have two little girls living with us so I am doing even more crafts at home. We are really looking forward to Christmas this year as we will be able to have our own Lucia at home this year!


President - Larry Leonardson     721-6827 
Vice President - Bentley Anderson 
Acting Secretary - Ed Unser   
Treasurer - Don Lundquist 
Newsletter Editor - Nellie Leonardson 
Web Master-Larry Leonardson  


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1 bottle of red wine (cheap) 
1/4 - 1/2 cup (0,5 - 1 dl) vodka 
           (not spicy) 
5 - 20 pcs of cloves 
1 large teaspoon of cardamom seeds 
2 - 4 pcs (sticks) of cinnamon 
1 - 2 pcs of ginger 
Peels from half a lemon 
1/2 - 1 cup of sugar 
1 large teaspoon of vanilla suger 


Crush cinnamon and cardamom. Peel lemon. Put all spices + peels in a glass jar with the vodka. Cover. Leave over night. Strain the vodka, toss the spices. Mix the now spicy vodka with wine and sugars. 

Heat all ingredients in a large kettle until steaming hot. Do not boil! Stir and taste. If not sweet enough, add sugar. If  too sweet, add vodka and wine. 

Serve with peeled almonds (or just chop them up) and raisins, plus of course pepper cookies (ginger bread). 

The Glögg will be even spicier and gets a fuller taste if you bottle it and leave it for a week. You can also leave out the vodka if you wish something with less alcohol. 


1 cup (2 dl) water 
1/2 cup (1 dl) syrup (molasses) 
2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon 
1 tablespoon of ground cloves 
1 tablespoon of ground ginger 
1 teaspoon of ground cardamom 
1 tablespoon of bicarbonate 
10,5 oz (300 gr) butter 
2,5 cups (5 dl) sugar 
7,5 cups or about 1 lb. (1,5 litres) flour 


Mix butter, sugar and syrup. Add spices and bicarbonate,  then water and finally part of the flour. Mix in the rest of the flour. Let the dough sit over night, wrapped in foil in the fridge. 

Roll the dough as thin as possible using flour.  Cut out figures - preferable Christmas figures, hearts, stars etc. 

Bake in oven for about 5 minutes at 200-225 degrees C (400-425 degrees F). 
Watch it! They burn fast once they start. 

You can get about 300 cookies, depending on how big you make them. 
 May your new year be 
happy and prosperous.