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Topic: St. Lucia's Day, Santa Lucia Doll *w/photo*  (Read 4286 times)
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2007 02:00:24 PM »

Some of us in the US participate in St. Lucia.  It depends on how big the Scandinavian community is.  In Seattle, St. Lucia is big in Ballard (Scandinavian historical neighborhood), specifically it's big with particular churches/congregations but probably at the various Cultural/Heritage centers too.

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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2007 04:36:15 PM »

Lucia day used to be one of the busiest days of the year for me when I was younger. It's sort of the only charity activity common people do in Sweden (except for salvation army and such organisations)
I used to get up really early, then my church choir (or some of us) went to the local prison and sang to the prisoners. Then off to school to sing with the school choir. In the afternoon there were a couple of old people homes to visit and in the night there was this HUGE concert in church. I was chosen to be Lucia the last year I sang in that choir.
The thing is, the girl chosen for Lucia is usually a blond girl with long hair.
My hair at the time was 3 mm in the neck, and when I put on the little cap to avoid the stearin to drop in ther hair, all my hair was gone. Then this crown with seven candles in it and a 1 hour concert surrounded by 70 girls with candles. Well, I'm lucky I didn't melt away. It was really great to do it though. That was the last Lucia concert my mother ever went to. She died the following easter. She was in hospital but made a deal with the doctor and was allowed to come to see me. I'm so happy she did.

In kindergarten it's more like all the kids have electric candles, and most of them have the crown aswell. It's really quite cute. 15 small Lucias singing for the parents. The boys often dress up like gnomes just to get out of having the white gown and stupid hat.

There is also a story about a Nobel Prize winner. Since the Nobel Day is 10th of december, most of the prize winners stay in Sweden for lectures and such. Every town has an official Lucia who is chosen thorugh newspapers or such, and Stockholms Lucia was supposed to come and sing and bring coffe in bed for the prize winners. This particular man (who I don't have a clue who he was) was from Asia I and he got scared sh**less by these almost naked (in his eyes mind you) women invading his sleeping quarters.

From the very start it was more of a hooligan thing. The young folks went around in the village drinking and singing to scare off the dark. Lucia is celebrated when winter is at its darkest.
The real Lucia was a very beautiful sicilian girl very early in christianity who refused to get married to some kind of prince and had her eyes stuck out by him. She didn't loose faith and was later made saint. (there's a lot more to that story though)

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« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2007 02:11:22 PM »

Another beautiful memory!

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