Today (December 13) is Santa Lucia Day in Sweden. Since hubby lived in Sweden for two years while serving a church mission, we try to do something to recognize the day. A few days ago I read a great post about Santa Lucia here.
The holiday honors St. Lucia as she brings light and treats in the dark.
The traditional costume is a white dress and red sash and a crown or wreath with candles.Traditionally the oldest daughter awakens her family by serving them breakfast in bed including saffron buns and/or cookies like gingersnaps. She also sings the "Santa Lucia" song.
In Sweden the children have a parade led by the girl chosen to play Lucia. Other children are dressed in white like Lucia or as "star boys". Everyone carries candles.
Over the years we've enjoyed having a Christmas tradition that is a bit unique. One year The Artist even dressed a doll like Santa Lucia for a school project.