Wednesday, December 13, 2006

St. Lucia Day

Last night according to tradition was the longest night in the year, and we celebrate the festival of Santa Lucia in Scandinavia. In Norway it's mostly celebrated in schools and kindergartens, where children dressed in white carry candles and sing St. Lucia's song about darkness, shadows and light. The oldest girl wears a wreath with candles on her head. It's really quite lovely. And there are yummy saffron buns, that are called lussekatter(= Lucy's cats). In Nene's kindergarten the parents are invited for a lavish breakfast and the children do their parade indoors and outdoors. Nene is scared of wind (!!) and she thought the darkness thing was really scary too, so she's crying in most of the pictures. Too bad, because she has really been looking forward to it. Yesterday when I picked her up, she came running toward me, shouting: "mommy mommy tomorrow is Lucia day and the shadows are very threatening!!" (a quote from the song).

Oh yes, and don't the pictures show that crocs are always right!

7 comments:

HPNY Knits said...

I love the final touch on the angels- Crocs!
:-)

Anonymous said...

Lovely pics, they make me miss Lucia day and lussekatter.

Mama Urchin said...

All those crocs are cracking me up.

Krawuggl said...

What a lovely post, I love the pictures, especially the last one, and the story. Lucia day seems to me always very mystical and wonderful, we don´t have it here in Germany and so it is great to learn more about in through the blogs.
So let me please thank you so much for telling me your Christmas habits, I loved to read the Norwegian way so much. Like you we have a heavy meal here in Germany, too, but it ís mostly on the second day, not at Christmas itself, and like in your country it is not usual or polite to visit people, except you are invited of course, but this don´t usually happen. It´s for family only.
I like the story of the 4 verses along the candles of the Advents wreath, this is so nice, a pitty that we don´t have it here.
Have a wonderful third Advent weekend, lots of greetings,
Suzi

Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

Your daughter is absolutely precious, and she looks like a little angel. Thanks for sharing your traditions with us.

Kirsten said...

So sweet! You are right, the crocs add just the right touch.

Anne said...

Yup - there is no time when Crocs are wrong.

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