Sunday, December 13, 2020

Sankta Lucia Day And Third Sunday In Advent

This morning early, while still dark, I light three Advent candles and take a moment to think about the meaning of this season.


Today is also Sankta Lucia Day in Sweden:

In the old calendar, December 13th was the longest night of the year. It was also the most dangerous. A night when animals could speak and fairies, trolls, and giants roamed the forests. In the countryside, young people would dress up in costumes and go from house to house, singing songs, eating and drinking with their neighbors. 

The custom of a Lucia dressed in white was first recorded in 1764, but didn't become popular until the 19th century. 

The tradition continues today. On December 13th, Sankta Lucia Day is celebrated in Sweden with festivals of light across the country. At the darkest time of year, people are reminded that our earth will soon begin to turn toward the light of spring.

According to tradition, the eldest daughter in the family, wearing a white dress with a red sash and a crown of candles, brings coffee and Lucia buns (lussekatter) to her parents in bed. 

Yes, that's me, bringing coffee in our best cups to my parents in bed. 

During the festivities, the Swedish version of the old Neapolitan song Santa Lucia is sung in schools, homes, and during Lucia parades in cities and towns across Sweden.

Please click on the link below to hear Andrea Bocelli sing a gorgeous version of the original Santa Lucia song.


  1. One of my American friends whose grandparents were Swedish, came to California, used to have her daughters bring her coffee and pastries in bed for Saint Lucia's day, complete with (briefly) lit candle crowns. She wanted to keep them aware of their ancestors.

  2. I am familiar with this because I have been friends with Monica in Sweden set 2009. I like seeing you and your little Crown in your white robe with the pretty little teacups. When Monica Used 2 post about this and when you post about it I always think about how dangerous it is to walk around with candles on your head.

  3. Hi Inger - wonderful to see you bringing coffee to your parents in bed - childhood memories: always good. I also loved Andrea Botcelli sing with his gorgeous voice ... just a delightful pre-Christmas post ... thank you.

    All the best - sent with hugs - Hilary

  4. What wonderful pictures; you are adorable! I did not know about the 13th!

  5. Have a blessed day Inger. You look like an angel. Do you still used those cups on this St Lucia feast

    Stay safe and well.
    Hugs, Julia

    1. No, but I have a couple of them in my china cabinet.

  6. I just deleted Eileen's comment by mistake. I wonder what you are supposed to do with all those comments that are piling up under the Comments section. I thought you could get rid of them, once they were published. I guess I have to ask Madnsapper Sandra.

  7. You were so cute all in white and delivering coffee.Loved the Botcelli link--beautiful.

  8. A smattering of snow, you keeping tradition alive, as you tell us in your words, and a deep voice, a wonderful day to pause and have thoughts of another year, so long ago.

  9. I love the picture of sweet little you wearing a crown of candles. I so enjoyed reading about the customs with which you grew up.

  10. So nice to see you as a child bringing coffee to you parents. A lovely custom.

  11. Oh, Inger, this is truly the best holiday post I've read, I love it! I love the sweet pictures of you, and I love this tradition. What wonderful, treasured, and beautiful memories you have that truly make the holidays special.

    **PS: You were right in your comment on my latest post. It is hard to "manage" the dogs, but we're making it work. I wish Jacket got along with my dogs, maybe at some point he will. I have to hope.....

  12. Oh my! This is one of my favorite posts that you've written. I read it yesterday and I'm back again today. Love hearing about your traditions and they really come alive with the photo of you as a young girl. You could right a book on these holiday traditions my friend. It's so interesting! And I don't really know a lot about them...even the ones here. holiday hugs!

  13. what an adorable tiny Lucia you were.
    aren't traditions wonderful! it's just comforting thinking about them.
    whether we still can keep them or not. I'm so glad you've shared this.
    and your advent candles are so beautiful simple and simply beautiful. xoxo

  14. I'm very familiar of St Lucia Day. I once nannied for a swedish family for 12 years. The 2 girls dressed up and the younger boy wore a outfit too. Very cute.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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