Saint Lucy’s Day, also called the Feast of Saint Lucy, is a Christian feast day celebrated on 13 December in Advent, commemorating Saint Lucy, a 3rd-century martyr under the Diocletianic Persecution, who according to legend brought “food and aid to Christians hiding in the catacombs” using a candle-lit wreath to “light her way and leave her hands free to carry as much food as possible”. Her feast once coincided with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year before calendar reforms, so her feast day has become a festival of light. Falling within the Advent season, Saint Lucy’s Day is viewed as an event signaling the arrival of Christmastide, pointing to the arrival of the Light of Christ on Christmas Day.
Saint Lucy’s Day is celebrated most commonly in Scandinavia, with their long dark winters, where it is a major feast day. In Scandinavia, where Saint Lucy is called Santa Lucia in Norwegian and Sankta Lucia in Swedish, she is represented as a lady in a white dress and red sash with a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In Norway, Sweden and Swedish-speaking regions of Finland, girls dressed as Lucy carry rolls and cookies in procession as songs are sung.
Because my ancestors were Norwegian we celebrate St. Lucia Day. The girls dress in white with red sashes at the waist and a crown of light on their head. They serve rolls and coffee to their parents symbolizing the generosity of giving to others.
This year even our Elves on the Shelf got into the tradition.
For a kids play date recently my girls wanted to create their own pizzas with their friends. I thought this was a great idea – takes the work out of afternoon snack for me!
I laid out the mini boboli pizza crusts, tomato sauce and pesto sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese. They had a great time and this happy face pizza made me laugh.
It’s back to school time so I thought I would share this fun info graphic ‘by the state’
We used a black tri-fold school presentation board to create it into a night scene. We taped our painted fireworks to the sky area, used blue felt scraps to make our ocean scene and placed our origami boats and sea monsters on top of the water area. Note the monsters are attacking and eating the boats! We finished it off by creating a 4th of July canvas and felt banner. And a final touch of silver, glitter, star stickers everywhere.
HAPPY 4th OF JULY! Be safe.
After creating our painted fireworks and origami 4th of July themed boats, we hated to waste the leftovers so we painted the outside of the TP rolls we had used as brushes. We cut up an old pillow case into 8 x 8 inch squares, filled the center with cotton batting, wrapped a rubber band around the outside making a ghost like shape. Then we painted the ‘head’ and added facial features. We tucked the ‘heads’ into the top of the TP tube and glued it in place.
We called them sea monsters over octopus because they had many more tentacle legs then eight! Some had two eyes and some, like this one shown in the picture was a cyclops.