Swedish Lucia

Lucia is one of my fave swedish traditions and as usual, no one really knows exactly why it is celebrated. Here's one of the many explanations: Lucia comes from stories that were told by monks who first brought Christianity to Sweden. St Lucia was a young christian girl who was killed for her faith in 304. The most common story is that she would secretly bring food to the persecuted Christians in Rome, who lived in hiding in the catacombs under the city. In order to use both hands she wore candles on her head. Lucia (13th of December) was also the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, according to old calendars. It is currently celebrated by a girl (or boy) dressed in a white gown with a red sash around the waist and a crown of candles on her head, usually followed by a choir that sings Lucia/Christmas songs. On thursday me, Mikaela, Nigel, Alisa, Pharao and G attended the swedish church Lucia concert and it was SO lovely. I've been in the choir twice but this year I was travelling quite a lot during what would have been rehearsals so decided to skip it. I didn't take that many photos but here's a few including old ones from previous years :) 23376183939_4c1e2450d2_o thumb_IMG_8633_1024