St. Lucia Day

It’s St. Lucia Day! This celebration takes center stage in the book Kirsten’s Surprise, so I decided to have fun with interpreting some of those scenes as well as making some pretend St. Lucia buns! St. Lucia was a martyred young girl and her story was told when Christianity was first brought to Sweden, making St. Lucia day an important celebration in Swedish culture. As the story goes, Lucia brought food to Christians who were in hiding in the catacombs of Rome, wearing candles on her head to see so that her hands were free to carry provisions. It also coincides with one of the longest nights of the year, which makes a celebration that focuses on light very appropriate, particularly in Scandinavia where much of the day would have been dark.

Kirsten was excited to share St. Lucia Day with her cousins because it reminder her of home. In Kirsten’s Surprise the celebration also corresponded with the day she went to town with Papa to retrieve their trunks, which had been left behind during their difficult journey to their new home. For Kirsten, this meant she would finally be reunited with her rag doll, Sari!

Kirsten was so excited to plan a surprise St. Lucia Day celebration with her cousins!

Her cousins, Lisbeth and Anna, helped her get ready.

Lisbeth worked hard at making the perfect St. Lucia crown.

Anna and Kirsten thought it was beautiful!

They helped her to situate the crown.

And Lisbeth got the tray ready.

“Saint Lucia invites you to breakfast!”

Everyone in the Larson family enjoyed the special breakfast surprise.

Kirsten was excited to be St. Lucia, but was most excited to finally be reunited with her doll, Sari.   

The girls worked hard to put on a special celebration and it was all worth it!

The parts of Lisbeth and Anna were sportingly portrayed by two of my mom’s dolls, Aleah (#22) and Annalise (#59).

Below are the steps I took to make a heaping tray of (pretend) Saint Lucia buns. If you would prefer to make edible, human sized buns, you can do that too! Kirsten’s Cookbook has the recipe, but better yet, you should check out one of my very favorite blogs, A Peek Into the Pantry! You can learn how to make Saint Lucia buns here:


A great source I used to learn a little more about St. Lucia Day:


6 Comments Add yours

  1. This was a very interesting post and the pictures were great! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you, they were a lot of fun to take!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jen says:

    The buns (and Kirsten) look great!


  3. Gwen says:

    Loved the post, and thanks for the shout out! Your photo stories and shoots are always fun to see. 😀


    1. Emily says:

      Thanks! And no problem, your blog is so inspiring!


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