St. Lucia Day

I started a tradition last year of celebrating St. Lucia day by baking cookies.  The plan had been to take the day off on December 13th, but my partner in crime doesn’t like to take sub days.  (No Terri, I’m not talking about you), so we celebrated one day early.

It was a much calmer scene this year… except for the fact that the smoke alarm went off and ADT called.  Other than that, it was a quiet, successful day of cookie baking!

On the menu for the day was…

the traditional Krumkake (“ice cream cones”)

the traditional Sankake (“butter cookies”)

Gingerbread Men

Dark Chocolate Fudge

Peanut Butter Kisses

Cherry Mash Candy

The only big excitement happened while I was making fudge.  The mixture you boil first on the stove slowly became a volcano.  It boiled over while I was stirring and continued to flow even while I tried to take it off the heat.  This caused LOTS of smoke, which causes the alarms to go off, which caused ADT to call to check on the house.

Good news… We know the fire alarms work correctly.
Bad news… the fudge didn’t set right.  😦

Good news… It tastes DELICIOUS!! 🙂
Bad news… Jim spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning the mess off the stove!

Good news… I was blessed with a VERY patient man.
Bad news… We might have to find a new tradition to celebrate St. Lucia Day.

SO MUCH FUN!!  Mercedes had a great time.  The house is still standing.
AND I have breakfast taken care of for the rest of the month!  🙂  LOVE IT!!

 

Below is a summary of St. Lucia Day taken from http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/sweden.shtml

In Sweden, one of the biggest celebrations is St. Lucia’s Day (or St. Lucy’s Day) on December 13th.

St Lucia was a young Christian girl who was martyred, killed for her faith, in 304AD. The most common story told about St Lucia is that she would secretly bring food to the persecuted Christians in Rome, who lived in hiding in the catacombs under the city. She would wear candles on her head so she had both her hands free to carry things. Lucy means ‘light’ so this is a very appropriate name.

December 13th was also the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, in the old ‘Julian’ Calendar and a pagan festival of lights in Sweden was turned into St. Lucia’s Day.

St. Lucia’s Day is now celebrated by a girl dressing in a white dress with a red sash round her waist and a crown of candles on her head. (Normally electric candles are used for safety!) The crown is made of Lingonberry branches which are evergreen and symbolise new life in winter. Schools normally have their own St. Lucias and some town and villages also choose a girl to play St. Lucia in a procession where carols are sung.

A national Lucia is also chosen. Lucias also visit hospitals and old people’s homes singing a song about St Lucia and handing out ‘Pepparkakor’, ginger snap biscuits.

Small children sometimes like dressing up as Lucia (with the help of their parents!). Also boys might dress up as ‘Stjärngossar’ (star boys) and girls might be ‘tärnor’ (like Lucia but without the candles).

A popular food eaten at St. Lucia’s day are ‘Lussekatts’, St Lucia’s day buns flavoured with saffron and dotted with raisins which are eaten for breakfast.

(taken from http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/sweden.shtml)

 

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2 thoughts on “St. Lucia Day

  1. Thank you for sharing about St. Lucia’s. I haven seen pictures of her throughout my years of life, but have never really new who she was or what she stood for. I have learned something new and so important! May we all be “lights” for other people during this Christmas season and new year!

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