|This lovely cake approximates the red, white and blue crusaders' cross of the Norwegian flag|
|My second cousin Marit and her husband Jan|
The Lier bunad was designed by another relative, Ruth Strand (My mother's cousin Willy's wife), and was accepted as the official bunad of the Lier valley in the 1970s.
Marit and her husband were just recently released from their service in the LDS temple in Sweden, where Jan served as Temple President, and Marit served as Temple Matron. They are truly wonderful people. They have a bunch of beautiful kids and grandkids.
|Jan, Marit and a couple of the grandchildren|
Here (below) Marit stands with other women in their National dress - note the beautiful embroidery on the back of the bunad on the right. Every one of these dresses follow established patterns from the valleys of Norway; every one of them is a work of art.
Other countries parade their armies, their tanks, and weapons of war on their national holidays, someone once said. Norway parades and celebrates its children.
Cousin Marit and her family live in Drammen. This is a lovely city about 40 minutes west of Oslo by train.
My Oslo-based first cousin Gro always has a full table for her 17th of May dinner. I think of our 4th of July paper plates, paper napkins and hot dogs and cringe a little when I see how she's set her table for this fun holiday.
|Cousins Matts and Jonas (Both my 2nd cousins once removed)|
|Cousin Gro Lene's table is set for company|
My mother used to go to this kind of trouble for parties, too. I think the gene for elegant parties missed me.
Gro took this photo (below) of the celebration in her Nordstrand neighborhood of Oslo: