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You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

"With Light in Her Hair"

Today's post was inspired by the traditional Swedish song about Santa Lucia and these photos from my daughter, who was up late into the night baking Lussekatter ("Lucia Cats"). Such a nice treat for the children this morning as they lit their Advent Wreath candles and read the story of Saint Lucia!

Night walks grand, yet silent, 
Now hear its gentle wings,


In every room so hushed, 
Whispering like wings. 

Look, at our threshold stands, 
White-clad with light in her hair, 
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

Darkness shall take flight soon, 
From earth's valleys.
So she speaks Wonderful words to us:
A new day will rise again 
From the rosy sky… 
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

Saint Lucia was born in Syracuse, Sicily, during the reign of Emperor Diocletian. Making a vow of virginity, she gave away her dowry to the poor, and an angered suitor reported her to the authorities. She was condemned her to a brothel, but she miraculously became immoveable. After being set on fire she remained unhurt. She finally suffered martyrdom by sword. A tradition says her eyes were gouged out in torture, so she is considered by some as the patron saint of the blind. In Sweden, her feast day is also celebrated as the first day of Christmas. Traditionally, some families celebrate this day by the oldest daughter wearing a white robe with a red sash and evergreen wreath with candles.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful, thanks for sharing! Maybe this year I will finally make some sweets to celebrate on Dec. 26th (which is Dec. 13th, old calendar)!