Tuesday, December 13, 2011
HAPPY ST. LUCIA DAY!
December 13th. is the day we Scandinavians ( I am Norwegian) celebrate St. Lucia. St. Lucia was the saint of the poor and down trodden. She was to marry and refused so she could remain a virgin and help the poor. For this she was put to death and later made a saint. Sweden adopted her as their patron saint in the Middle Ages. Lucia means light and December 13th is the longest night of the Julian Calendar. This is the beginning of the days growing longer.
In the morning the eldest girl in the house wears a St. Lucia crown of a green wreath with candles to light the dark and a white gown with a red sash for purity. She serves her parents saffron buns and strong coffee. She is followed by her siblings also in white gowns.
I like to serve hot cinnamon buns and lovely hot, strong coffee as well as other little sweet treats.
This is a tradition I treasure in our family. As soon as she can understand our traditions I will be making a gown and crown for our little granddaughter so she can learn the rich and wonderful heritage she is apart of.
To all of my family & friends of this beautiful Solstice LYKKELIGE ST. LUCIA DAG!