Santa Lucia Day

Celebrate St Lucia Day, experience Lucia dressed in white and with a crown of candles on her head followed by a procession, handmaidens, or tarnor, dressed in white gowns carrying candles and boys also dressed in white gowns and wear tall paper cones on their heads, called “star boys” because they carry stars attached to sticks. Trailing at the end of the procession features children dressed as the gingerbread man and a little santa elf. The procession sings the Lucia song and other Swedish Christmas carols.

Following the Lucia procession, the celebration continues with a smorgosboard of Christmas Swedish treats, served with coffee and soda, dancing around the Christmas tree featuring typical Swedish dances, and at the end Santa will appear to greet all the children.

Lucia Concert in Gothenburg, Sweden Cathedral (Youtube)

2019 Santa Lucia Celebration

The traditional Swedish Santa Lucia was celebrated on December 8 at the Whitnall Park Lutheran Church in Hales Corners. Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin have hosted this festivity for decades and the 2019 version was again an inspiring performance by the children and young men and women singing the Lucia song and Swedish Christmas carols. The program was conducted by member Sonia Hummel. Close to 200 people attended the celebration.
The celebration started with the Lucia procession led by the 2019 SAHSWI Lucia Hannah Cutler and followed by Attendants (Tarnor), Star Boys (Stjarngossar), Gingerbreadmen (Pepparkaksgubbar), and Little Santas (Tomtenissar).

2019 Lucia

The Christmas carols were introduced by Liza Ekstrand. Readings both in Swedish and in English for each Christmas candle in the Lucia crown were included in the program. The English version and reader is shown below.

  1. When the first Christmas candle is burning, we know Christmas is close by. Read by Josie German
  2. When the second Christmas candle is burning, we hear a promise of old that a savior is coming. George Katsekas.
  3. When the 3rd candle is lit we hear the bells of heaven wishing all peace and goodwill. Gianna Inga.
  4. As the 4th candle is lit, we see a beautiful star with promise to all of life eternal. Kirsten Cutler.
  5. At last the little Christmas elf with Christmas tree and lights, are wishing all a joyful and blessed Christmas. Grace Katsekas

After the program a smorgasbord (Julbord) of Swedish Christmas food and sweets shared by attendees were served while the cast of the program performed Swedish Christmas and Folk dances. Then everyone was invited to join in dancing around the Christmas tree. At the end of the day Santa Claus made a surprise visit.

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