Come Celebrate Santa Lucia Day

29 11 2021

The popular Swedish tradition of Santa Lucia will be celebrated at

Whitnall Park Lutheran Church, 5847 Lilac Ln, Hales Corners, December 12, 2021 starting at 5 PM.

The program is conducted by SAHSWI member Sonia Hummel and will feature Lucia with her attendants in a procession singing the Lucia song and popular Swedish Christmas carols.

In this Swedish tradition, Lucia brings light and music to the darkest days of winter. Crowned with candles and dressed in white, she is accompanied by her procession of attendants (tärnor) each carrying a candle, starboys (stjärngossar), gingerbread boys and girls (pepparkaksgubbar) and elves (tomtenissar).

A traditional Swedish Smorgåsbord will be served and everyone can join in dancing around the Christmas tree. Santa will arrive handing out treats for the children.

The event is open to the public.

Please refer to CDC and Milwaukee Health department guidelines concerning prevention of Covid infections. Face masks are strongly encouraged and will be available at the entrance.

CDC Guidelines for prevention of Covid

Milwaukee Health Department

2019 Lucia

Covid-19 Midsommar Celebration, join ASI or DIY

14 06 2020

It is time to celebrate 2020 Midsommar. In Sweden Midsummer’s Eve this year is celebrated Friday June 19, and Midsummer’s Day on June 20, in large parts of Sweden there is no clear distinction between those days as the sun never sets. As reported earlier, the celebration at Heidelberg Park has been cancelled to avoid further spreading of the corona virus. However, this celebration has been around for over 500 years, so we shouldn’t let a pesky virus stop us now. The only thing is, we cannot celebrate it all together, so we suggest two alternatives to still have a Midsommar celebration – Celebrate with ASI, American Swedish Institute online, or continue our Wisconsin celebration with a DIY Midsommar.

You can join the American Swedish Institute virtual Midsummer Celebration on June 20 from 1PM to 5PM online. Press link below to sign up.

American Swedish Institute virtual Midsummer celebration

2nd alternative is the SAHSWI DIY (Do It Yourself) MidSommar celebration based on our own tradition. (Reference pictures from the SAHSWI celebration in 2019)

> Make a midsommar pole. Suggest you make a mini version of our traditional Midsommar pole (see pictures).

> Make midsommar kransar for the girls / women (see picture)

> Sing and Dance the songs Små grodorna and Vi ãro musikanter

> Food: Chose either the meatball platter or the Swedish Herring dish(available at IKEA) with sour cream, dill, chives, and new potatoes.

> Drink: Popular Swedish soft drinks are made from Lingonberry or Elderberry, both available at IKEA. A shot of Aquavit (recipe below or buy at link Gamle Ode, New Richmond, WI) and a lager beer is a must to pair with the herring. For wine drinkers there is a special wine from (link) Midsummer Cellers in Napa Valley.

> Play the traditional game of Kubb (link Wikipedia description, game available at link Amazon)

Glad Midsommar, Happy Midsommar, from all of us at SAHSWI.