One of my best friends, Katherine, is Norwegian and I remember learning a little about St. Lucia’s day from her. Here is a very compact version of “St. Lucy’s Day:”
Around Christmas time in Scandanavia, one of the biggest celebrations is St. Lucia’s Day (or St. Lucy’s Day) on December 13th. The celebration comes from stories that were told by Monks who first brought Christianity to that area.
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 Scandanavia 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.
In the latest edition of Somerset Holidays & Celebrations a very talented artist made some wonderful boxes topped with little vignettes depicting St. Lucia’s Day. I thought that one of these adorable boxes would be a nice handmade present for my Norwegian friend. ( Actually, I think St. Lucia’s Day is more of a Swedish tradition but I think she’ll appreciate it just the same!) This project was so much fun to do and I love the way it turned out! I hope Katherine likes it!
Now I may have to make one for myself. . .
Here are a couple things I did yesterday. I always make a card for Debbie, Cody’s groomer and his “home away from home” when we go out of town. The card always has a dog on it and this little guy looks just like Cody!
December was my month to decide what everyone should do for the Eclectic Paper Artists group. I sent stars to everyone to make a Christmas ornament. You could use as many stars as you would like. Here’s mine:
I’ve made several bird ornaments and have been working on a gift for a friend for the last couple weeks. I’ll post photos of them tomorrow!
Lately I’ve been working on Christmas swaps and gifts. These are for a Red Lead ornament swap. They were a lot of fun to make and I can’t wait to see the three I will receive!
This is an ornament I made for Matt and Jen. I would like to make one for them every year based on the traditional anniversary gifts. The first year was easy for me since the theme is “paper!” I saw this in the latest issue of Somerset Holidays and Celebrations and tweaked it a little bit. I’ve had these gold snowflakes for years now and was happy to be able to finally use them! I hope they enjoy the ornament!