Norwegian Christmas at Union Station: It's a Scream!

Last updated: 12/4/2013 // Santa Claus, gløgg, gingerbread cookies and Christmas carols were just some of the ingredients when Ambassador Kåre Aas and rest of the Royal Norwegian Embassy held its 16th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at D.C.’s Union Station on December 3rd. But there was one extra ingredient that made this year’s celebration a little more unusual than those of years past.

Christmas tree lighting at Union Station 2013. 
Photo: Sam Kittner.
Christmas tree lighting at Union Station 2013.. Photo: Sam Kittner 

In addition to numerous American and Norwegian flags and 20,000 lights, this year's Christmas tree from the Norwegian Embassy was festooned with 700 ornaments depicting the angsty figure from Edvard Munch’s masterpiece, “The Scream .”In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Munch’s birth, the 700 Scream reflectors were custom-made in Norway and used for decoration. The tree will remain on display at Union Station throughout December.

The tree is an annual gift from the people of Norway to the people of the United States, both as a reminder of the friendship between the two nations and as thanks for America’s assistance during and after World War II. During the ceremony, there was plenty of time for Santa Claus, gløgg, gingerbread cookies and Christmas carols. Ambassador Kåre R.  Aas welcomed everyone with some merry words before he introduced  Guest of Honor Lt. General Bogdan. The General held a speech and enthused the crowd to count down together with him before he lit the tree to lots of cheers and applause.

See pictures from the ceremony in the gallery, and see how the American press has reacted to this year’s “Scream” theme in the articles below.

NOTE: Many have inquired about procuring their own Scream reflector ornaments. While these were a special order by the Norwegian Embassy, the company that made them has agreed to make more, which will be available for sale through their website, 11-27-2013.pdf  (page 14) Washingtonian&utm_content=Where+&+When+-+Dec+12

Fox 5 is talking about the tree half way through this clip.

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