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Friday, December 14, 2007

Honor the Light

Yesterday was St. Lucia Day, the Festival of Light. I was inspired to do this piece to honor the celebration, after visiting Bibbi Forsman's blog [an incredible ceramic artist!]. . It has been [many] years since I was in Sweden - I'm not even sure Abba was around yet, but her blog reminded me of the charm of her country, as well as all of Scandinavia. I can only imagine the charm of the holidays there, for even in June, Copenhagen and Stockholm felt like a fairyland to me.

Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters. According to one Swedish website: In the old almanac, Lucia Night was the longest of the year. It was a dangerous night when supernatural beings were abroad and all animals could speak. By morning, the livestock needed extra feed. People, too, needed extra nourishment and were urged to eat seven or nine hearty breakfasts. This kind of feasting presaged the Christmas fast, which began on Lucia Day.

In today's Sweden, people dress in white gowns and wear crowns of light [which used to be candles]. I guess there are many traditional songs honoring Saint Lucia, and the Lucias serve glögg or coffee, along with these little crossed buns. If I've my facts wrong, maybe a Lucia expert can enlighten me, please.

Next year, I hope to remember this tradition, and I'll have a festival with our own Lucia. "Light" is a worthy thing to honor.


Cathy said...

Talking animals, feasting and glögg! What's not to like about that?

Lovely, Katherine.

Tina T-P said...

Your new little Lucia is adorable. Glad to know that you didn't suffer any lasting damage from the recent floods. Our NW Shetland Sheep Owners Assoc. has put together an On Line Benefit Auction to support the Black Sheep Creamery in Adna WA that was devistated. They lost over 60 pregnant milking ewes - 23 survived and are staying at a farm close by. The whole thing is just heartbreaking.

Anyhow, the info and links are on my blog if you are interested - please stop by. T.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this piece - I feel it truly represents the celebration.

On another note, I was wondering if you could offer an opinion on the role of your local veterinarian in the care of the sheep or other livestock that you raise. There is more information in my most recent post, and I would really appreciate it if you would stop on by and give it a read-through.

Flassie's Fil'a said...

Can't remember if I left a message or not. Love this piece. I can't hardly wait till you come out with the book. I think not only am I going to buy dgrd one but one for my aunts. She use to have donkeys. She'd love it. I'll have to have one for myself also.
I know you were intersested in aprons. If you go to my blog and click on the November entries you'll find two in different spots. One under Motessori by Hand and the other Friday Night apron. Motessori by hand is coming out with a really cute reversable apron. It reminds me of a cute dress. I also put up 4 photos of the pink pony I made. If you go to ihanna on my list she put up info on St. Lucia and an link to more information on that day. I think I posted her link in an entry on Dec. 13 also. You'll have to scroll down on the montessori link to find the apron. I don't know if it is a pattern she will be saling and or aprons. Not sure. Have a Merry Blessed Christmas and a Happy Blessed New Year!!! Love Your Holiday Message also!!!

Amy Cameron Evans said...

I honor Lucia--the donkey and the light! How can you stand being around all of that cuteness all of the time? Sheesh! xoxo

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