St. Lucia Day

This year we are so excited to be in a Scandinavian country that celebrates Lucia Day on a much larger scale. We have had our girls take part with this day every year back in the States starting when they were able to walk. This year we went to see how the Swedish-Finns celebrate the day. Each year a young maiden is chosen to represent St. Lucia on Lucia Day which is the 13th of December. She is crowned in Helsinki Cathedral and then descends down the main steps to greet the people. The steps were lined with children wearing Santa/Elf caps and they were holding lanterns. There was a band playing the Sankta Lucia song. At the bottom of the steps awaited a vehicle to take St. Lucia around Helsinki with a small parade.

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St. Lucia delivers buns and coffee to her parents on December 13th. The buns are called Lussekatt. They are made with saffron. Here is what they look like:
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Here is what we did with our girls back in the USA last year. In previous years we delivered breakfast treats to neighbors and friends.
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2007 St. Lucia in Georgia

2007 St. Lucia in Georgia

2008 St. Lucia Delivering  Treats

2008 St. Lucia Delivering Treats

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2009 St. Lucia Open House

2009 St. Lucia Open House

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2010 St. Lucia

2010 St. Lucia

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2011 Natalie delivered treats to her Kindergarten class

2011 Natalie delivered treats to her Kindergarten class

Ella delivered treats to her preschool class

Ella delivered treats to her preschool class

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The girls delivered treats to SuSu's friends in Texas

The girls delivered treats to SuSu’s friends in Texas

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