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The Feast of Saint Lucia

This is Saint Lucia’s Day for Scandinavians.

It features special treats that are handed out by a girl wearing a crown of candles, Lucia coming from the Latin for light, LUX.

Saint Lucia was an early Christian martyr from Syracuse on Sicily, but her official feast day, December 13, fit perfectly with the local pagan celebration of the Lussi on December 13, which was the Winter Solstice at the time. Yep, more cover to continue the fun mid-winter celebrations by pretending they are associated with Christianity to get the Church off everyone’s case.

4 comments

1 oldwhitelady { 12.13.09 at 3:57 pm }

I’ve read about this holiday, before. I’ve often wondered how many girls manage to get burnt hair? I know if I had been one of them, I would have ended up with burns because I was very clumsy as a youngster.
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2 Bryan { 12.13.09 at 5:33 pm }

It definitely would have been a catastrophe in the days of “beehive” ‘dos, or even most Southern “big hair”. I would think that tight braids would be a good idea.

3 cookie jill { 12.15.09 at 5:23 pm }

I remember walking with those dang burning candles. Really made you take notice of your posture.
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4 Bryan { 12.15.09 at 10:07 pm }

And wind speed and direction, I would hazard to guess.