The Feast of St. Lucy is December 13!
Much of what we know about St. Lucy comes from legends and stories told by monks who first brought Christianity to Sweden. One of the most popular tales about this saint of light is that St. Lucy would secretly bring food to persecuted Christians in Rome. They lived in the catacombs under the city where it was dark and damp, but young Lucy wasn’t scared! She wore a wreath of candles on her head for light so she could use both her hands to carry food and supplies to those in hiding.
St. Lucy’s Day is a huge celebration around Christmastime in Sweden. Girls celebrate by wearing a white robe with a red sash around their waist and a crown of candles on their heads. Boys often wear cone-shaped star hats and carry stars. The children lead a procession around the house or neighborhood carrying candles and singing carols. Many families serve sweet buns or cinnamon rolls and visit neighbors during this time.
Time to Celebrate!
Good news! A festive feast doesn’t need to be fussy. Here are a few ways to celebrate the Feast of St. Lucy.
- Advent Liturgical Art Purchasers: Display your St. Lucy art!
- CFC pros: Pull out your St. Lucy Feast Day Art print from last year’s crate and read about her life to your little saints.
- St. Lucy is one of the featured saints in our FREE saints coloring sheets bundle. Print out her coloring page for little saints to enjoy.
- Bake sweet buns, cinnamon rolls, or another yummy pastry to share with your family, friends, and neighbors.
- To really get in the spirit, help little saints dress up like St. Lucy or a Star Boy to deliver sweet treats to your neighbors. Top it off with a wreath or star hat to complete the look!
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