Christmas is almost upon us. We’re all busy with our Christmas preparations, our lists and our musts. There’s so much to think about right now.
I still have a lot of shopping to take care of, but it does not really stress me out. I do have time for that. Still.
Yesterday was Sancta Lucia Day in Sweden. Sancta Lucia is a very, very important tradition in Sweden (and the Swedish speaking parts of Finland).
I miss S:t Lucia. I really miss it.
It is so special to celebrate it up north. I’ve been celebrating it thru my whole child hood, like most kids in Sweden.
Nowadays, I just have to settle with the Lucia-celebration that I can see on Swedish Television online, and that is usually so beautiful! I always get a lump in my throat watching the program.
All is so perfect: the music, the beauty and the atmosphere.
It all speaks to me.
When I was in school, and even before I started school, I participated in so many Lucia processions. The first one I remember, I was about five years old, and my sister was two. We were going to sing at my dad’s work, at the Hässelby Castle, where we also lived at the time. It was so early in the morning, and we sang with our little voices, and I am quite sure my mom sang with us as well. She must have.
Afterwards, we got a lot of gingerbread cookies, soda and little Christmas gifts.
Thru the years, we sang in many processions at the castle. It always felt very special.
Once I was in fourth grade in school, I was an attendant (tärna) in the school choir’s procession every year. It was so exciting, and so fun, and so special year after year.
We went to school in the very early morning, we dressed up in our long white dresses, and then we sang, in harmony. The whole school was watching us, and our families were there, as well.
Lucia day was so precious; it was a special feeling in the air that entire day, and a promise of the upcoming Christmas season.
We usually sang for our parents and neighbors as well. ALSO a lot o fun, and there were many years when my sister and I sang with a bunch of friends at different offices around town on Sancta Lucia Day.
I miss it. I wish we had something similar here in the US.
Traditional foods on Lucia:
Saffron buns, ginger snaps, coffee and glögg.
Lucia will always be on my MISS LIST!
All pictures from the web!