God Jul och Gott Nytt År! Translation: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It is also just about all the Swedish I know. I am super proud to be half Swedish on my mom's side and around Decemeber time this increases even more with the celebration of Santa Lucia.
Santa Lucia in short is a celebration of light. Traditionally the eldest daughter dresses as Lucia in a white gown and leafy crown with candles and carries a tray of bread and cookies while singing Swedish carols. When I say a crown of candles I really do mean that they light those babies up on top of a young girls head, yikes! I enjoy not burning my hair so in my family we would wear battery operated candles. That crown has since been lost so I have a new tradition where I make the Lucia crown each year. This year I bought garland from Michaels and sewed the ends together. I wore a seperate headband beneath with the candles tucked in. The only problem was that the garland was so big it pretty much covered the candles, better luck next year!
Last years crown was made of greenary I stripped from branches of trees in my yard and were sewn into a headband. Sadly it wasn't sturdy enough for candles.
But really one of the very best parts is all the Swedish food! You haven't lived until you've had some genuine Swedish meatballs. Another favorite is Krem, which is a grape tapiocca pudding but make sure to top it with whip cream! You can find my family recipe below.
Sorry for all the scribbles but young me was quite the little artist, clearly the next Picasso! If you have trouble reading this copy I've translated below:
2 1/2 cups of grape juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup quick cooking tapioca
1 tbsp lemon juice
Finding a Dala horse, pictured below, in my house around Christmas is about as easy as finding the floor. We have them EVERYWHERE in a myriad of colors.
Santa Lucia is probably one of the most relaxed and beautiful celebrations we have all year. There is no gift exchanges as it really is just about spending time with family, listening to music, and eating some darn good food! I highly recommend celebrating your own version of Lucia with your family, Swedish or not. It is bound to be a fun and tasty night.