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St. Lucy’s Day: December 13th – Celebrated in Swedish Style

December 13th, 2010

The Fifth and Eighth grades had a special celebration today, St. Lucy’s Day. We often forget that there are many December celebrations in addition to Hannukah and Christmas.  St. Lucy’s Day is a prime example.  Owen Hall led the charge for celebrating this wonderful Swedish holiday.  He spent hours baking yesterday in preparation, and his mother headed to IKEA to purchase some festive foods.

According to www.suite101.com, “On the morning of December 13th (Saint Lucia’s Day) schools, businesses and homes choose a “Lucia.” The Lucia is dressed in white robes and red ribbons and wears a crown of candles on her head. Often times the eldest daughter plays Lucia, and greets her family with a breakfast of hot coffee and pastries, known as Lucia Buns. This ritual honors the legend of Saint Lucia bringing food during a famine. This more modern adaptation of Saint Lucia began in the 18th century and is similar to the German Christmas custom of Chistkindl.”  “Saint Lucia Day, also known as Saint Lucy’s Day, is celebrated in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Italy.”

Pictured are members of the Fifth and Eighth grade replete in their St. Lucia finery (including wearing greens on their heads.)

Read more at Suite101: Lucia Day, Celebrated December 13th in Sweden: Sweden’s Advent Festival of Candles & Coffee, Saffron Buns & Song http://www.suite101.com/content/santa-lucia-the-december-13th-holiday-in-sweden-a206760#ixzz181kiPVlf

and http://www.suite101.com/content/santa-lucia-the-december-13th-holiday-in-sweden-a206760