St. Lucia


Around Christmas time in Sweden, 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 Sweden. St. Lucia, is celebrated on December 13th and marks the beginning of winter. St. Lucia wears a crown made of Lingonberry branches and real candles. She brings a traditional Swedish treat of ‘Lussekatts’, buns flavored with saffron and dotted with raisins which are eaten for breakfast. A national Lucia is also chosen. She visits hospitals and old people’s homes singing a song about St Lucia and handing out ‘Pepparkakor’, spicy gingersnap cookies.

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