Monday, December 16, 2013

Lucia celebration

Last night at St. John's we attended the St. Lucia celebration/Scandinavian dinner.

Saint Lucia's Day is the church feast day dedicated to Lucia of Syracuse, also known as Saint Lucy, and is observed on December 13. St. Lucia’s Day is celebrated most commonly in Italy and in Scandinavia, with each emphasizing a different aspect of the story.  In traditional celebrations, Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets. In some forms, a procession is headed by one girl wearing a crown of candles (or lights), while others in the procession hold only a single candle each.

In one story, it said she was working to help Christians hiding in the catacombs during the terror under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and in order to bring with her as many supplies as possible, she needed to have both hands free. She solved this problem by attaching candles to a wreath on her head

My favorite part of the evening was when Pastor Leslie explained to the kids that St. Lucia is honored because she helped spread the light of Christianity. She asked the kids and adults how they could let their light shine. One kid said, "I could help stop kids from being bullied." Yes, she said, exactly. Some of the adults answered with, "I could forgive, I could feed the homeless, I could help others, I could spread joy and love." Yes! Exactly.
Nisse and Erik. He LOVED him so much!!

Annika sang during the service and helped serve the desserts.
Erik LOVES Annika!!

Dancing and singing around the Christmas tree.

The 12 days of Christmas song is always a ton of fun!!!

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