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!
Her cousins, Lisbeth and Anna, helped her get ready.
Anna and Kirsten thought it was beautiful!
“Saint Lucia invites you to breakfast!”
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: http://apeekintothepantry.blogspot.com/2013/12/kirstens-st-lucia-buns.html
A great source I used to learn a little more about St. Lucia Day: http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/sweden.shtml