CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

December 13, 2012

Sancta Lucia: Swedish Christmas Tradition with Italian Roots

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
SANCTA LUCIA:
SWEDISH CHRISTMAS TRADITION WITH ITALIAN ROOTS

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In 2004 my husband Monte, a Swedish friend Roy, and visited the Church of the Savior in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, to attend a Sancta Lucia celebration. My heritage is one-fourth Swedish—my paternal grandmother, Ida Victoria Berg Cornell, was a Swedish immigrant.ST LUCIA ORNAMENT OVAL

Before reading about Sancta Lucia try to answer the following questions about the December 13th Swedish celebration:

  • The Sancta Lucia celebration is rooted in what country?
  • Lucia was born into a poor peasant family in Sweden. T F
  • Lucia married into a Pagan family. T F
  • The Sancta Lucia celebration isn’t a major Christian event in Sweden. T F
  • Found guilty of treason, Lucia was sentenced to a life of servitude and _______________.
  • Lucia remained a virgin in the tradition of St. Agatha. T F
  • At _____ a. m. On December 13th the (youngest – oldest) daughter in a household, places a wreath containing lit candles on her head, awakens her family members, and serves them Lucia buns.

December 13 is Sancta Lucia Day in Sweden. Its roots—both sacred and secular—can be traced through Swedish history and medieval custom to the 4th century martyrdom of a Sicilian virgin named Lucia.
For the ceremony, the eldest daughter of a household rises in the wee morning hours and dons a white dress (for purity) with a red tie (for martyred blood). In the kitchen she fills trays with Lucia buns (saffron cookies), ginger cookies and glogg (all representing deliverance from hunger). At two a. m. she places a wreath made from (more…)

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