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5 Ways Vesterheim Can Help With Your Hurry This Holiday Season!
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5 Ways Vesterheim Can Help With Your Hurry This Holiday Season!

Busy with the bustle and looking for a way to kick the holidays into high gear without maxing yourself out? It's key! You deserve a break and a little magic this December. What's often a little-known secret in the area, is that Decorah's Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum has a whole lot more to offer up for the Christmas season than many folks might realize. Check out these five wonderful ways a single stop into Vesterheim can help slow your hustle. Ready to streamline and simplify the season? Here are five ways the folks at Vesteheim can help lighten your workload just in time for the holidays.

1.) Here's Exactly What You Need for Your Holiday Crafting & Baking:

Holiday crafting is such a festive creative tradition! The Vesterheim Museum Store is chalk full of supplies for all of your holiday crafts. Grab things like beautiful acrylic paints and brushes, hard-to-find supplies such as tracing paper, ornaments ready to be painted, and an inspired selection of books that will get you crafting in no time! When it comes to Christmas cookies, holiday baking accoutrements, gingerbread house supplies, and traditional Scandinavian books on baking, you won't find a more enchanting selection than the museum shop. Don't forget to check out Vesterheim's online store as well, if you'd like to buy supplies for the year ahead, or ship some inspiration to someone you love.

2.) Gear up for Great Gift Making:

There is a difference between holiday crafts such as decor or mementos, and making amazing gifts to give to your loved ones. And here's another area where the Vesterheim Museum Store has got you covered! Stop in for quality woodenware you can refine, embellish, or paint yourself, along with all of the tools and materials you'll need to do so. Or, get what you need to get started on your own project from scratch. You'll love the selection of books on these topics as well, and the museum store's friendly, knowledgeable staff is there to help get you started on your next awesome gift project.

3.) Grab Unique Gifts & Get Them Wrapped in a Snap:


Of course, the Vesterheim Museum Store has beautiful, heirloom-worthy folk art, and wonderfully warm Norwegian sweaters. (There's also a seriously fantastic sock selection!) But there's so much more than that for anyone on your list! Peruse the carefully curated selection of magical children's holiday books, floor puzzles, and other gifts they'll love. Grab delicious edible gift basket inclusions or delightful stocking stuffers like lingonberry jam. There's an absolutely beautiful jewelry selection, collectibles, novelties, bath and body items, tableware-- the list is as vast as the selection. Museum store staff will not only wrap your gifts for you, but ship them off so you don't have to! Hurry in for timely holiday delivery or click over right now and order online. Don't forget. Museum store items are always 10% off for Vesterheim members. And membership benefits don't stop there! Memberships also make great gifts and are quick and easy to purchase online!

4.) Taste the Holiday Cheer With Scandinavian Spirits:

Cheers! Or as the Scandinavians say-- "Skål!" For centuries, alcoholic beverages have played a role in spirited Scandinavian celebrations. Vesterheim invites you to raise your glass in a skål to these traditions by visiting this exciting exhibition or attending an event.

The Event:

Join Vesterheim on Saturday, December 17, from 4:00-7:30 p.m. for a tour through Scandinavian drinking traditions! Space is limited. Register now by contacting Jennifer Kovarik at 563-382-9681, or There are only a few spots left, so hurry! The cost is $60 for Vesterheim members and $85 for non-members. You must be 21 years or older to participate. For more on the event, click here or get more information on the event's Facebook page.

The Exhibition:

Now through December 31st, experience this exciting traveling exhibition curated by the Museum of Danish America. It tells the story of the role that alcoholic beverages have played in Scandinavia. Click here to plan your visit and learn more about the exhibit here.

5.) Keep the Kids Busy!:

It's cold up yonder! Keep the kiddos (and yourself) from bouncing off the walls when you attend Vesterheim's Gingerbread Fair, which runs through January 2nd. Vesterheim has invited local folks of all ages to show off their creations in this lovely annual event. Gingerbread creations have had a long tradition in Scandinavia and Europe. The tradition continues to the present day, both in the United States and in Norway. And on Tuesday, December 20th, don't miss the next Barnetimen (Children’s Hour). Tuesday's Christmas-themed event is one where kids will spend the hour (from 10-11 a.m.) exploring Norwegian Christmas traditions, making a holiday gift to give or keep, and tasting some traditional treats. The event will be led by Vesterheim Youth Educator Jennifer Kovarik and ArtHaus Directors Jenni and Eric Petersen-Brant. It is completely free and open to the public. No registration is required but folks are encouraged to RSVP on Facebook.

And After All. A Little Thinking Ahead Never Hurt:

If your clan gets a taste of cabin fever over the holidays, jump in the car and pop over to Vesterheim. While the museum is closed Christmas and New Year's Days, it's otherwise open daily from 10-4 p.m. Stretch your legs, take in some beauty, and be with the people you love. Isn't that what it's all about anyway? May your holiday season be filled with love, light, and a chance to recharge. 

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