It didn't take my hubby long after we were married to figure out that Christmas was pretty special to me and that I celebrated the season in many ways. He enjoyed my German and Dutch Christmas traditions, and after a time we decided we wanted to honor his heritage, too; he has Swedish roots.
After we were blessed with our Sweet Girl, we knew exactly which tradition to pick... St. Lucia!
In Sweden, in the very early morning hours of December 13th, the oldest daughter in the family rises before the rest of the family. She then wakes and serves everyone saffron buns (Lussekatter) and coffee. She always wears a white gown with a red sash and has a wreath of candles on her head. She is the bringer of light on the darkest day of the year. You can read more on the tradition here.
We celebrate this tradition, but with a few minor adjustments. We celebrate this tradition on December 21st, our darkest day of the year. (December 13th must be Sweden's.) The Sweet Girl was actually born on Luciadagen (Lucia Day) and we wanted her to have her birthday, with no extras. Just her day. (And now you know why we chose St. Lucia Day to celebrate!)
Also, we don't drink coffee and the price of saffron prohibits our frugal budget most years from making the buns the proper Swedish way. So the menu has morphed into hot chocolate and warm cinnamon rolls. This does just fine, and is a little easier on the cooking skills of a daughter.
Let's be real, here, people. I am all for making it easy as possible for my girl to get up in the early morning hours and serve me a warm breakfast in bed! I do look forward to making the saffron buns sometime soon with her, though.
Check out our little St. Lucia, from a few years ago:
Where does the time go? (Uh, the wallpaper most assuredly did go! This was right after we bought the house...)
Happy St. Lucia Day... tomorrow! :-)