notes from maggie's farm
St. Lucia's Day, recognized throughout Scandinavia, is celebrated on December 13. In Sweden, where it is considered a national holiday, towns celebrate with traditional ceremonies symbolizing the promise of the sun's return to illuminate Sweden from it's dark, winter days.
The centerpiece of any tradition, one who represents St. Lucia dresses in a white gown and wears a crown of candles on her head (nowadays often battery-operated for safety!). For celebrations at home, the eldest daughter in the family will dress as St. Lucia and present her family with breakfast in bed. That breakfast tray usually includes a pot of tea, milk, and bright-gold ...
St. Lucia Buns