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