Celebrating Santa Lucia day...our little Lucia and Starboy:)

Tuesday, December 15

All my tradition-loving, Swedish-obsessed dreams came true on Sunday when my kids got just as excited as I did to celebrate Santa Lucia day (Dec 13th). We've been reading this sweet book SO much to prepare the kids for Lucia day, that now the words "Pepparkakor" and "Lussekatter" are part of their vocabulary haha!! 

More importantly though, we've spent a lot of time trying to explain the deeper meaning of the holiday. That the candles on Lucia's head symbolize the light of Christ, who came into this dark world. 

Isaiah 9:2 
The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.

Traditionally the oldest daughter of the household brings treats into each person's room in the early morning when it's still dark outside, powerfully demonstrating the impact of Christ's light.  Our little Lucia didn't wake up till 8:30am that day, so we just keep off all the lights in the house (and conveniently it was a rainy day, so it was still a bit dark, haha!). 

We spent Saturday December 12th prepping for the day, baking Swedish treats and getting their costumes ready. I tried out a gluten free Pepparkakor recipe (Swedish gingerbread) and it actually turned out amazing (recipe is here in case you want to try it!). Late that night I tried my hand a a gluten free Lussekatter bun, but alas, my g-free bread making skills are NOT up to par. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't that good hahah! I think I may abandon ship on the gluten free bun, and just make a sugar cookie that resembles the bun next year...much more tasty hahah!! 

My mom made Avonlea the sweetest little Lucia dress, sewed from the same material that lined my bassinet 36 years ago. My nostalgic heart was in heaven. I had bought this crown on amazon, and then just laced her dress with a red ribbon:) I made Everett a star boy hat and wand, and then conveniently decided to dress him in his star pajamas that we already owned. 

On the morning of the 13th, I sent Kevin back to bed (he had already been up for hours haha), and got the kids dressed in their costumes. I gave Avie a small tray of Swedish goodies, and then hand in hand, we all climbed the stairs of our new home to give Kevin the buns. If you're on IG, I posted a super sweet video of Avonlea bringing the treats up! 

We then spent the rest of the day dropping off Lucia treats at the homes of friends and family. We first went to my parents house...my sister and her husband were visiting so all four of them pretended to be asleep in the living room. Avonlea came in singing her song and bearing treats. It was so cute! We tried to bring treats to many of the widows we know, and it was heartwarming to see how much they appreciated the gesture. 

As I reflected on the day, I realized that small acts of kindness are what brings Christ's light. Yes, big acts of service are amazing too...but on a day to day basis we can tangibly bring warmth and light to others by thinking of them and showing up.

This is a fun holiday to celebrate with rich meaning and exciting things to do as little ones (dress up, eat sweets, see friend and family haha!) 

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