Limited Quantities for the 2018 Seasonfrom the Holiday Traditions Collections
4 inch ornament of Saint Lucia for your Christmas tree.
Celebrate the saint who's name literally means "light", St Lucia. This ornament of St Lucia depicts her with the traditional crown of candles, and holding a candle herself. St Lucia welcomes the true Light of the World, Jesus Christ.
Made of resin/stone composition and hand painted.
The Story of Santa Lucia:
3rd century martyr of faith in Sicily....
How did a Sicilian saint become a part of Swedish tradition? Legend has it that back in the Middle Ages, the Swedish province of Varmland was experiencing a terrible famine and people were starving to death. On the longest night of the shortest day of the year - which also happened to be St. Lucia's Day, December 13th - a light suddenly appeared on Lake Vanern. It was a large white boat filled with food, and at the helm was a beautiful young woman in a white gown wearing a crown of lights. Lucia had come to rescue the Swedes! As soon as the ship was unloaded, it disappeared.
Swedish custom is that on Santa Lucia Day, mother and children get up very early in the morning to make the traditional Lussekatter (rolls made with saffron) and Luciapepparkakor (ginger cookies). The oldest daughter portrays Lucia dressed in a long white robe with a red sash with a crown of lit candles on her head. She carries the tray of food as she leads the procession of mother and the other children who sing the traditional Santa Lucia song as they march to the father's room.
Several traditions are associated with St. Lucia Day.
- Traditionally, the winner of the Noble Prize in Literature has the supreme honor of crowning Stockholm's Santa Lucia.
- Tradition also says, miracles can happen at midnight on the eve of St. Lucia's Day and animal may talk.
- Also ...Traditionally, the cook buries the lutefisk in beech ashes on St. Lucia's Day.
You don't have to be Swedish to celebrate Santa Lucia - Lucia wasn't Swedish!
Made in China
Manf. production no. 130799