December 24 – Honoring Alfar

On the fifth day of Yuetide is dedicated to the Alfar, the male ancestors home and hearth. We will remember and try to keep the bargains made to the spirits throughout the year and take a moment to honor our ancestors – – maybe even leave out a little offering for the most well-known of the elves tonight.

Krumkake 2016

My husband’s late grandfather Ivar, traditionally made

Bertha and Ivar

lefse and krumkake for this holiday so today we will remember him by making krumkake.  We would go over to Ivars home on Christmas Eve and enjoy a big supper and lots of stories.  He was always really kind to me and such a gentle soul.  On this Christmas night, the family will gather once more and we will fill the krumkake with fresh whipped cream and enjoy a warm fire and good company, just as Ivar would have liked.

All of my male ancestors have passed, but I hope that where they are finds them by a warm fire, enjoying a strong cup of coffee and a peppermint stick with friends and family that went before them….and I hope they can see all of us and take comfort the traditions they helped to create.

My father Charles
My grandfather Edwin Alexander McDougall. He took in our family and raised me until his death at 92. A truly wonderful man.

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