Sunday, December 11, 2011

St. Lucia Craft

St. Lucy's feast day is December 13th, and we are planning exciting things in class! 

The oldest girl in class will be our "Lucia Queen" and will wear the garland (made by cutting down decorative garland from Hobby Lobby and adding some wired ribbon). Traditionally, all of the girls wear white robes with a long red sash and carry candles, but as white robes are scarce here, we're resorting to a plan B. The students will simply carry white candles trimmed with red ribbon.
We will be caroling through the school singing part of the traditional Santa Lucia song to the smaller kids. Traditionally, the girls hand out Lussekatter (saffron buns), but we will be using candy canes with my teacher's budget! I've been having lots of fun researching different St. Lucy traditions. Have you ever seen a traditional St. Lucy procession? There's not much more exciting than having fire on your head!! 

The girls wear white to symbolize her virginity with a red martyr's sash. The name Lucy means “light,” which comes from the root for lucid and understanding.  For this reason her holy day celebration was celebrated on the darkest day of the year.  One legend has it that Lucy’s eyes were put out because of the Romans or a spurned suitor, but then her sight was restored by God.  You will often see her depicted holding a plate with her eyes on it, and is also a patron saint of the blind. From here    

Although there are several versions of the song, we will be simplifying it and singing just one stanza:

Song to St. Lucy

Nightly, go heavy hearts
Round farm and steading
On earth, where sun departs,
shadows are spreading.
Then on our darkest night,
Comes with her shining light
Sankta Lucia! Sankta Lucia!
Then on our darkest night,
Comes with her shining light
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia

Happy St. Lucy Day!