The program will include reading and story-telling about the history of Lucia in both English and Swedish. There will also be Swedish singing.
History of Lucia
In Sweden, Santa Lucia Day marks a special part of the Advent-Christmas celebrations.
Santa Lucia was a second century Italian saint. In a time when Christianity was outlawed, she made a pilgrimage to a Christian holy place when her mother was ill. Her mother was cured and, in gratitude for this miracle, gave away her wealth to the poor, as Lucia wanted her to. But the government then discovered that Lucia was a Christian and had her put to death.
The belief came to Sweden that on her name day, December 13, she could be seen serving hot food and drink to poor people. In December, the days in Sweden can be very short, and to celebrate Santa Lucia’s Day as a festival
of light (which is what her name means) seems a fitting tribute.
Traditionally, the oldest daughter in a family represents Santa Lucia and wears a white dress with a red sash and a wreath of lingonberry leaves with five candles on her head. She may be accompanied by her sisters in white dresses, also. Her brothers may wear special pointed hats with gold stars.
The children serve coffee and special saffron bread to the rest of the family. They walk into the bedroom with
the oldest daughter in the front, followed by the next tallest girl, down to the smallest. Then the boys follow with the tallest in the front. As they bring in the Lucia bread and coffee the girls sing “Santa Lucia” (in Swedish, of course), and then the boys sing “Stefan was a Stable-boy.” The children then go to their neighbors and teachers
and serve them the coffee and bread.
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Program Date & Time
6:30 - 8:30 pm
by Dave Ellis
7:40 - 8:30 pm
$5 - Adults
Free - Under 21
Additional beverages will be available for a recommended donation.