ST. LUCIA DAY
St. Lucia Day (Dec. 13th) opens the Nordic Christmas season. On this day, families select a girl to be their Lucia, dressed in white robes with a red sash and crowned in a candle-lit lingonberry wreath, to serve the family with lusekatts (saffron buns) and pastries.
As an adult, my husband and I decided to enact our own Christmas traditions and I knew where I wanted to start. So this year, if anyone is wondering why I am crazy-happy this season and obsessed with celebrating St. Lucia Day, it is because this was the first year in my LIFE that I was able to materialize it into something more than the daydreams I grew up with. Huzzah!
By Leslie Crystal
In celebrating this day, we made our Lussekatter and cinnamon pastries from scratch early in the morning (Too early, maybe!). We used the Vegan Lussekatter Recipe from The Vegan Swedes. During the afternoon, we ate our pastries with Glogg (Swedish/Norwegian Mulled Wine) and coffee, and feasted on a Gardein Holiday Roast, paired with maple brussels sprouts and peppered sweet potatoes. This meal has officially become our holiday staple. It was truly delicious!
We finished out St. Lucia Day celebration by wrapping up Christmas presents and putting up our Star atop the Christmas tree!
It was such a wonderful way to start our Yuletide season. Merry Christmas!
Wishing you a very, merry Christmas and love & light this holiday season!
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