By David F. Rooney
For five years the Revelstoke Museum & Archives has been celebrating Christmas by highlighting the seasonal traditions celebrated by the different groups of people who settled here.
This year’s event focused on Swedish Christmas traditions, from special Lucia Wreaths and Star Hats to Pepparkakor (Christmas Spike Cookies for those of you who don’t speak Swedish) and Lussekatter (St. Lucia Buns).
And there were several well-known local families with Swedish roots: the Abrahamson, Stone (Stromdahl), Turnross, Lindmark and Lundell families. The Abrahamsons and Stones were in business. One of the first businesswomen in Revelstoke was a Turnross and C.F. Lindmark was the city’s mayor in 1909. The Lundells owned the Revelstoke Review and Arvid Lundell was both a city mayor and an MLA.
According to the museum, many of the Norwegian and Swedish families that settled in Revelstoke and the Big Eddy were responsible for organizing the community’s first Winter Carnival in 1915 which led to the city;s fame as a ski-jumping centre.
Here are a few photos from the day’s activities: