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Swedish Christmas: Santa Lucia

Lovely Little Vignettes member dezignerwannabe celebrated St. Lucia Day yesterday, and decorated her home with this pretty vignette. Read more about what dezignerwannabe has to say about the holiday below.

Santa Lucia Day (Luciadagen) is celebrated on December 13, in Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Norway, Finland, Italy, Bosnia, Iceland, and Croatia, and parts of the United States. Santa Lucia day celebrates Santa Lucia (Saint Lucy) a young Christian martyr who lived in Sicily in the fourth century. She was known for her love and kindness.

Santa Lucia is celebrated with a procession and ceremony of light. A girl representing Santa Lucia wears a crown of candles and clothed in white, and is followed by a group of other girls each carrying one candle, and sometimes boys dressed in white with white-pointed hats called "star boys." They sing to the melody of the Neapolitan song "Santa Lucia" and the ceremony concludes with the singing of Christmas Carols.

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