Saturday, December 14, 2013

St. Lucia Day

We celebrated St. Lucia Day on Friday.  St. Lucia Day is a Christmas tradition celebrated in Scandinavia on December 13th each year.  Saint Lucia is remembered as one who brought giving and light on the longest night of the year.

For our St. Lucia celebration, the girls made St. Lucia crowns with tissue paper to resemble wreath of the traditional crown.  The boys made Star Boy hats; the Star boy was created as a helper to St. Lucia.  We made Lussekatt, saffron buns with raisins and cinnamon, and ate them with hot cocoa for snack. They were a big hit!
Traditional Lussekatt

St. Lucia even came to see us!  She shared the special tradition of the pepparkakor, a Swedish spice cookie--you place the cookie in the palm of your hand and make a wish.  You press with one finger in the middle, and if the pepparkakor breaks in three pieces, you get your wish!
St Lucia posing with the class!

For a short online book on St. Lucia, head to PBS Kids.  There are also stories on Ramadan, Christmas, Hanukkah, and more.


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