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« on: December 03, 2007 02:25:46 PM »

Yay! I got my St. Lucia/ Santa Lucia Doll Kit from Posie Gets Cozy today.

I had already started to make a batch of them and well, I got one finished this morning.



If you're interested, Alica Paulson has the directions listed here:rosylittlethings.ty pepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/2006/12/santa_lucia_dol.html

Totally perfect Christmas decoration or even better, gift!

P.S. Sorry about the sucky photo quality.


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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2007 04:35:16 PM »

I didn't know you celebrated St Lucia over there. I always thought it was a typical swedish thing. It's a huge deal here. Every little girl wants to be the Lucia with candles in her hair.
 A flowery gown would never work here though. We're far to traditional on that part. Lucia in Sweden wears a white gown and comes bearing coffee and safron buns, singing cheerfully with all of her maids and "star boys". The boys wear stupid white cones on their heads with stars on (a little like Harry Potter) and a stick with a star on. Still in white gowns.

Happy Lucia then... Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2007 01:19:15 AM »

I agree, odd to find a Lucia on craftster?! And the flowers wouldn't work. But she is really pretty, well done! I like her head.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2007 03:36:07 AM »

No, St. Lucia Day isn't celebrated in Canada. I saw the instructions and kits on Alicia Paulson's blog and fell in love with them.

As for the flowers... it's just the way St. Lucia would appear in my mind.  Wink

St. Lucia Day seems like a really wonderful holiday. Anyone have any neat stories to share for us non-Lucia countries?
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2007 03:56:22 AM »

She's lovely.
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2007 07:59:21 AM »

Lucia is wonderful! One wakes up early on a winter morning, it is pitch dark outside. You walk or take a bus to a beautiful old stone church and wait outside for the doors to open. It is only about 6:50 a.m. and it is still just as dark as in outer space. Then the doors to church open and you go inside and sit on one of the wooden pews, warming up as the cold is biting outside. The church is only dimly lit. You wait for a while and then the lights go out. Silence surrounds you and then you hear a tune in the distance. As the procession enters with the Lucia in front, the church slowly begins to light up. Lucia has real live candles in her hair which lights up her face. She is followed by maidens holding one candle each in their hand and star boys with wands. Everyone is dressed in white, singing the most beautiful songs one has ever heard. They look like angels, filling the entire church with their presence.
They sing for what seems like a long time, and when they have made their exit you leave the church, realizing that dawn has broken. Rarely, but sometimes, the sun shines too.
The rest of the day includes eating delicious sapphron buns and hard ginger bread cookies, and drinking hot red wine with spices (glgg). We also put almonds and raisins in this drink.

In the evening, many people go to Lucia concerts and the feeling is the same although dawn doesn't break of course. Many young people sit up all night on the evening of the 12th to wait for Lucia. It is called a Lucia-wake. I personally love this holiday, it installs such an amazing feeling in you. It is a warm, bright contrast to our very dark and cold winter here in Sweden. My dream is still to  be Lucia with the crown of real candles in my hair. Although this causes a lot of hot candle wax to drip on your scull which is not very nice. The Lucia sometimes does not sing beacuse she has to concentrate on the crown and her walking in front of the procession. And she holds her hands together (kind of like a Hindu or something!).

Wish you all could come with me to church on the 13th here in Stockholm!

PS This was a pagan tradition that was given a Christian meaning through the Catholic saint Lucy when we were made Christian in the 12th centruy, like many traditions here.
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2007 10:36:54 AM »

Aww, too cute.  I celebrated St. Lucia once when I was little... I wore a white dress and this absurd wreath on my head that I made myself.  It had pink birthday candles in it, I believe.  And I served breakfast to my parents.  Haha I give American Girl credit for that idea.  I wish I could find that photo... anyway, I like your doll!
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2007 11:00:22 AM »

OMG Knitty club, that was awesome! Thank you for typing that all out!

It sounds like a really beautiful holiday.

I don't suppose you'd like to share the recipe for saffron buns?

flower girl: Thanks!!!
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2007 12:32:50 PM »



It sounds like a really beautiful holiday.

I don't suppose you'd like to share the recipe for saffron buns?


it IS beautiful. maybe I am partial.....

saphron buns are made by crumbling some fresh yeast (50gr appr) in a bowl (do not know if you use that in the US or Canada or not but we do here. I guess you can use dry yeast otherwise). pour over a liquid made from whole milk and melted butter (appr 2 cups). this liquid must be a temperature that will allow the yeast to rise (guess it depends on the type of yeast you use). stir gently, dissolving the yeast, and add 2 grams sapphron and some white sugar (maybe about 1/3 of a cup or so). then add flour, stirring and kneading it with a wooden spoon to make a non-lumpy dough like you would any other type of bread.
let this rise while covered with a cloth or towel for 40 mins. then knead the dough and make shapes that look like the letter S, adding one raisin to the top part one to the bottom. place these on a buttered pan or whatever it is called, the metal thing that goes in the oven (can't remember what it is called). let the "lussekatt" (Lucia-cat, don't know why they are called cats but they are...) rise again for 30 min (again, covered). brush with a beaten egg, then bake for 5-8 min in the middle of the oven at 225 degrees celsius (guess you can google the celsius-fahrenheit diff?!).

you can also make double cats by rolling two "c" shapes - one in each direction so to speak - and then place them together on the pan (?). sort of like coco chanel's logo if you know what I mean..... these shapes go way back and there is an array of them in different sizes with different names which I can't really remember now. One bigger thing which you cut when it is done is called the "preacher's hair"  Grin If you make the bigger ones, they must bake for a longer time, maybe as much as 12-15 min at a slightly lower heat.

great - when searching for pics of them I found an already translated recipe ... doh!
http://images.google.se/imgres?imgurl=http://hem.bredband.net/berteg/images/imp_lu2.gif&imgrefurl=http://hem.bredband.net/berteg/lusse.htm&h=174&w=357&sz=10&hl=sv&start=20&tbnid=poRKrl4qGv6p_M:&tbnh=59&tbnw=121&prev=

I would exclude the salt though. on this link you can see an additional shape I forgot to mention, it is called the lily. and you can also place two "S" over each other like a cross sort of, except they will look like a chariot and that shape is called the chariot.

good luck!!

http://s95.photobucket.com/albums/l140/knittyclub_01/?action=view&current=lussekatt.jpg

PS the saphron will dry out the buns quicker than a regular recipe so put the ones you are not going to eat in the freezer immediately. and be generous with the butter in the milk-liquid.
PS2 don't expect them to be too sweet, that is a difference between our cultures.
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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2007 01:39:46 PM »

Thanks!!

You are right about North Americans and our sugar addictions. They put it in every manufactured food here.
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