Monday, December 15, 2008

Celebrating the Feast of St. Lucy!

St. Lucy's feast day was this past Saturday. There is a Swedish custom of the oldest girl in the family wearing a wreath of candles on her head as she serves the family a breakfast of sweet rolls. Legend has it that St. Lucy wore a wreath of candles on her head to light her way while carrying supplies to Christians hiding in the catacombs. This recipe is from Family Fun, and we made it for lunch, as I didn't want to get up at 4am to give it time to rise! I suppose I could've done it the night before... maybe that is something to keep in mind for next year. It was really yummy, and it would make a great breakfast bread.

Here is Caroline's St. Lucy wreath that we made the day prior to St. Lucy's feast day. Caroline helped a little with the tracing, but mostly she glued the leaves and berries to the band while I did the cutting. We found the idea for this wreath in this post.

Caroline was being an uncooperative three year old and wouldn't look at the camera, so here's a side view. There is a better shot of her wearing it in my Advent week 2 post above. She wore it to the potluck at church, where the CYO leader immediately recognized it as a St. Lucy's crown.

This was a fun feast day to celebrate and will definitely become a tradition in our home!!


Tim said...

Why does the wreath have 6 candles?

Erin said...

Uh... because that's how many were on the pattern I used! Don't know if there's any historical significance or anything...