Santa Lucia Celebration

17 10 2019

Come to the 2019 Traditional Swedish Santa Lucia celebration

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 5 – 7 p.m.

Whitnall Park Lutheran Church, 5847 Lilac Lane, Hales Corners

105th and Forest Home Avenue, (just east of Hwy. 100) in Hales Corners, WI

Directed by SONIA HUMMEL

Celebrate St. Lucia Day with us. Welcome the Christmas season with a celebration of light in the darkness of winter. Hear the story and beautiful music of the Swedish celebration of Lucia. Lucia, crowned with candles and dressed in white will lead her procession of attendants (tärnor) each carrying a candle, starboys (stjarngossar), gingerbread boys (pepparkaksgubbar) and elves (tomtenissar).

Then join the traditional dancing around the Christmas tree. Visit with Santa while enjoying coffee and treats including traditional Swedish Christmas dishes. If you can, bring a dish to share.

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Saturday January 11, 2020 1:30 PM Swedish Opera singer Christina Nilsson, presentation by Carol Gustafson

A Rags to Riches Story – The life of Christina Nilsson, the famous Swedish opera singer, will be told by SAHSWI member Carol Gustafson, her great, great niece.  Christina was born August 20, 1843 in Sjöabol/Snugge outside Växjö and died November 20, 1921.  Christina sang at the opening night of the New York Met in 1883.  She was very popular in the USA, Russia, the UK and France. Carol has visited her homestead, now a museum in Sweden as well as her mansion Villa Vik and mausoleum in Växjö. It’s a fascinating story of a poor girl from southern Sweden who became a world renown opera singer.