Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Santa Lucia Day

My family has some Swedish blood and so my mom usually tried to have us do some Swedish traditions.  The favorite is Santa Lucia day December 13th.  The oldest daughter dresses in white with a crown of candles on her head and brings her parents sweet rolls in bed.  All her siblings carry a candle too and sing.  It is to celebrate the return of light as the days start to get longer (technically that should be the 21st, but they’ve always done it on the 13th.  Guess things are different in Sweden.)

This year we managed to remember Santa Lucia day and made the traditional citrusy braided bread.  Then Henry donned a star hat and carried and candle while lizzy who was too young for a real candle wreath on her head wore a hat that had plush candles on it.  We then went caroling to a few of our friends to drop off the bread.  Henry loved getting to carry a real candle and blow it out at each house.

 

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