Friday, December 13, 2013

Countdown, Day 13: Saffron & Light

It's the Feast Day of Santa Lucia,
a Nordic festival of saffron and light.

photo: wikipedia
In at-home celebrations, the eldest daughter of the family rises in
the very early morning dark to bake saffron buns. 
Then, wearing a white dress with a red sash,
she brings breakfast trays of coffee, fresh-baked buns and candle lights
 to family members still asleep in their beds.

 I'll think of St. Lucy this morning as I take my early morning walk in the dark.
My LED hat will light the way to St. Arbuck's where I'll exchange an empty coffee bag
for a free cup of joe. Steel-cut oatmeal with a side of nuts and brown sugar 
will substitute for Lucy's saffron buns.

Happy St. Lucy's Day, wherever you are.
She's hope and light in the darkness :)



Optimistic Existentialist said...

I have to admit that those saffron buns made me a bit hungry :)

RuneE said...

A typical Swedish custom that has spread around. very nice presentation.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Mmm, I wouldn't mind one of those buns! Happy Christmas :D

Linda@arichtapestry said...

Happy St. Lucy's Day! Our third child,
due around this time, was to be called 'Lucia'. He turned out to be a boy! However Lucy/Lucia is still a favourite name with such a lovely association with light.

tammy j said...

oh dear heart!
you've given me a memory gift.
it takes me back to my year of the exchange student who became my best friend.
anna christina margareta sjoberg.
she came from stockholm to our school in northern minnesota.
she brought her st lucia dress and scarf and candle headdress with her. it was electric though so not to catch her hair on fire!
i followed behind her in my little white nightgown. LOL.
she had made the buns the day before. but we warmed them . . . with enough giggles to awaken the whole house!
thank you for this wonderful memory of santa lucia. special times. special people.
and special you. always at the abbey. a special place.

Leslie said...

My daughter had an American Girl doll when she was small, who represented a Swedish immigrant and wore the traditional St. Lucia's Day white robe and holly wreath crown. I always loved that story and tradition.

Dewena Callis said...

I always wanted to mark this day and bake the darling little St. Lucia buns. Somehow I never got around to it. But we did celebrate St. Nicholas Day. Our kids were the only ones in their classes that got St. Nicholas Day gifts (small ones) and had a special breakfast before school. Their gifts were tucked in the satchel of the St. Nicholas doll on the table.