Myths, legends and fairytales of elusive trolls, yule goats, friendly giants, magical spirits and mischievous elves make Sweden and the Nordic region (Norway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark) the most magical place in the world to celebrate the Christmas season. Explore ASI’s beloved Christmas rooms curated by community cultural ambassadors, featuring the mythical characters that have emerged from religious practices and traditional folklore to become time honored stories and holiday traditions. What mythical beings bring gifts on Christmas? What whimsical stories do parents recount so their kids behave? Discover centuries of legends and the differences between tomte, nisse, jólasveinar, and joulupukki.
This year, ASI partners with The Museum of Russian Art to arrange the sixth Christmas Room. Both Russia and its Nordic counterparts share a similar climate and environment, shaping many of the legends and myths that abound during this time of the year including Grandfather Frost and his granddaughter, Snegurochka (Snow-maiden).
The 2015 holiday season at ASI is proudly presented by the Bjoin Charitable Trust in Memory of John Bjoin, Mike and Barb Nelson, the Anne Ray Charitable Trust and ASI contributing members and donors.
This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.
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