Monday, December 14, 2009

December 13: Santa Lucia

A favorite Scandianian holiday tradition is tied to the beautiful white clad figure of Lucia, the “bearer of light,” who illuminates the darkness of winter on the morning of December 13th. Very early, before dawn, when the world is still blanketed in darkness, Lucia appears at each bedside, dressed in a white gown with a red sash, wearing a crown of candles on her head, she awakens each member of the family with light saying: “Saint Lucia brings you light and bids you come to breakfast.” In her hands she carries a tray of coffee, sweet rolls and cookies.

So in honor of my family's heritage, we got together on Sunday, and made cookies, not just any cookies, but cookies specific to the history of the holiday.

It was fun to start traditions with our own kids that were so special to us as kids.

We laughed, we played, we took pictures and we had a great day!

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