December 13th is the day that Swedes and others all over the world honour the legend of St Lucia, one of the earliest Christian martyrs, who was killed by the Romans in 304 because of her religious beliefs. St Lucia’s Day is one of Sweden’s biggest celebrations, originating from stories that were told by Monks who first brought Christianity to Sweden.
St Lucia devoted her life to helping others. She cared for people, she fed the hungry and she even donated her entire dowry to the poor. It is said that she would secretly bring food to the persecuted Christians in Rome, who lived in hiding in the catacombs under the city. She would wear candles on her head so she had both her hands free to carry things. Lucy means 'light' so this is a very appropriate name.
St. Lucia's Day is now celebrated by a girl wearing a white dress with a red sash round her waist and a crown of candles on her head and often she is carrying a star. She leads a provession called “Lussetåg"and sings Lucia songs. In homes, the eldest daughter often plays St Lucia for her family and brings them Lussekatts (saffron buns) and hot coffee.
Both Newbie stores are hosting their own small Lucia activity for children, offering a star-making station. Children can make a festive star and decorate it with stickers, glitter and colouring pencils to create their very own Lucia star of light.