Sunday, December 12, 2010
St. Lucia Day
Tom and I are both partially of Swedish and Norwegian descent, but our families never really carried out the old customs or traditional celebrations. As we got older, and especially after visiting Norway and Sweden, we have embraced more of our heritage. It has made our holiday season richer. One of our new traditions is hosting a small dinner party on St. Lucia Day, on December 13th, which is tomorrow. In Sweden, the Lucia celebration is done in the morning, when a young girl wears a lighted candle crown and a flowing white gown and brings coffee and sun-colored saffron buns to her parents. This kicks off a week-to-ten day season of Jul, a midwinter eating and drinking festival celebrating the turn of the season, and the return of the sun at the winter solstice. While we go easy on the "drinking" part, the eating is certainly something we partake of during the holidays, and we certainly celebrate the fact that after December 21, the days begin to get longer! So on Monday, December 13th, our guests will arrive to a house full of candle light and good food, and we will kick off jul in style. God Jul, everyone. Let the celebrating begin!