Lucia is coming this midwinter’s night
when all is dark and cold.
She’s coming and wearing a crown of light,
she wishes you peace and Christmas joy,
she’s bringing you love and joy.
Santa Lucia was a 3rd century martyr who brought food and provisions to Christians hiding from persecution in catacombs. The legend says that in order for her to use both her hands to carry everything, she made a wreath of candles and put it on her head to provide light.
In honor of that, girls today, especially in Sweden and Norway will wake up earlier than the sun on December 13th, dress in white, signifying being pure with Christ through baptism with a red sash that symbolizes the blood of Lucia’s martyrdom. They will walk with a wreath of light on their heads and bring cookies and saffron buns which is also a symbol of showing Christ’s Light traveling to the dark places in the world.
I would have loved to have re-enacted Kirsten’s Christmas story with the dolls, but she still got to celebrate Santa Lucia Day anyway bringing cookies and pretzels and tofee (don’t have saffron buns) to Lily and Katie!
Happy Santa Lucia Day!
More adventures with Kirsten coming up soon! Stay tuned!