Genevieve Gorder: Home for the Holidays!

by Genevieve Gorder
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The holidays are such a joyful time of year! From the food to the parties to our family traditions, it’s a magical season I very much look forward to.

“Krumkake” comes once a year… Christmas time! These beautiful, thin, waffle-like cookies are so incredible. My dad would make these traditional Norwegian holiday treats with us every year as kids. The iron would come out and our Scandinavian cookie factory would begin; the kids’ jobs were as the official Krumkake rollers! I have two younger brothers, so of course, someone would be jealous that another was rolling more and someone was always crying as they burnt their fingers… but it was worth it! Our Santa ate Krumkake only so it was imperative that they were just right. For those traveling this winter, I love how Country Inns & Suites puts a seasonal spin on their traditional welcome cookies at check-in, featuring holiday cookies as well as hot cocoa for all guests.


My family is pretty physical, so there was never a meal where a walk or physical activity didn’t happen right afterwards. Being from Minnesota, this tradition translated into major family sledding expeditions. After a lazy Christmas Day of too much eating, we’d all meet up on the hills and go sledding. I miss this!


As for parties, as a kid it was all about Christmas Eve. We loved getting all get dressed up, and serious planning went into these outfits. My grandma and grandpa would host an incredible feast of roast beef, cocktails, and presents that would turn into hours of dancing, and an occasional talent show. We’d cap off the night with Midnight Mass, and we’d always fall asleep in the car on the way home. These days, whether I am at home or on the road during the holidays, it’s so important to have a comfortable place to stay. Country Inns & Suites gives you this sense of home – a warm, welcoming place that erases that feeling of distance.

The tree was also a classic experience in my house. After trimming the tree each year, we would turn out all of the lights but the ones on the tree, and just lay there looking up. It always made me so happy to lay there with my family, just with the quiet and the smiles. The youngest child would always get to top the tree. Unfortunately, this honor was mine for only a very brief moment, being the oldest of three. My brother, now 30, still loves to rub this in as he still tops it!

I love thinking about and re-creating these traditions, but also starting new ones. The season is upon us, and I can’t wait! Wishing you and yours a holiday of love and happiness.



Genevieve Gorder

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