I’ve noticed search engines turning up this site for information on a Santa Lucia crown. I thought I’d share a list of ideas from around the web.
- Bread Santa Lucia Crown
- Santa Lucia in the community
- Paper Santa Lucia crowns for children
- Good ol’ Wiki entry
- the legend of St. Lucia and her martyrdom
The things that seem constant are the white dress, red sash, hot coffee and saffron buns early in the morning on December 13th. The feast day seems to originally have been held at the solstice to mark the end of longest night of the year and the coming of the light, but was moved to Dec. 13th with the changing of the calendar. I think it’s a great way to spread out the magic of the Christmas season, and also to imbue a little more spirituality into a month so overturned with commercialism. The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Dec. 12th – churches in my neighborhood have events throughout.
We celebrated today, since Thursday wasn’t possible for a number of reasons. I forgot the red sash (though my tray was red!), and didn’t finish making my crown, so I supplemented the knit base with the crown I wore to my wedding. Instead of coffee, we had chai, and instead of saffron buns we had pumpkin bread and sweet chocolate bread. I don’t know the traditional songs so we just played Christmas music. I think it worked!