|**From Catholic Online|
St. Lucy (or St. Lucia), was a Sicilian girl who lived from 283-304. Little is known about her life, but what is known is that she was martyred for her Christian faith. She is recognized for her faith and bravery. Lucy means "light", and so light is reflected in the celebration of her feast day. St. Lucy is the patron saint of eyesight.
To read more about her, check out St. Lucy from Catholic Online.
If you are from my generation, you might remember Kirsten, the American Girl doll, celebrating St. Lucia Day. Too bad she's been retired. :(
Here is a short video that tells a little about the traditions associated with St. Lucy.
Ways to celebrate St. Lucy
|My daughter, Grace, age 4 |
bringing us cinnamon rolls.
Traditionally, the oldest daughter dresses in a white, with a red sash, and brings saffron rolls to her family, who are still in bed. The idea of this overwhelms me at this stage in my life, so I'm focusing on some simpler ways to celebrate St. Lucy. Below are some things you can do with your family to celebrate this Feast of St. Lucy. They are separated into Very Easy, Easy, and More Elaborate. Enjoy!
- Drive or take a walk to see Christmas lights.
- Say a prayer to St. Lucy, like the one below from Family Prayer:
Whose beautiful name signifies 'LIGHT'
by the light of faith which God bestowed upon you
increase and preserve His light in my soul
so that I may avoid evil,
Be zealous in the performance of good works
and abhor nothing so much as the blindness and
the darkness of evil and sin.
Obtain for me, by your intercession with God
Perfect vision for my bodily eyes
and the grace to use them for God’s greater honour and glory
and the salvation of souls.
St. Lucy, virgin and martyr
hear my prayers and obtain my petitions.
- Make a St. Lucy paper doll from Paper Dali
- Make cinnamon buns from the can and make them into the shape of a saffron bun or a circle, like at Catholic Icing
- Eat ginger cookies. You can buy ginger cookie mix from the grocery store or follow a recipe, like this one.
- Listen to music from St. Lucia Day in Sweden like this:
- Make a St. Lucy wreath from a paper plate. Directions can be found here. I had some leftover fake leaves from some random craft project that I hot glued onto our paper plate wreath. We also made candles out of foam and hot glued those on. Here is how it turned out:
- Have your kids dress up. Girls can wear white dresses, red sashes around their wastes, and wreaths on their heads. Boys can wear white, with white cone hats with stars.
|Here is Grace, all dressed up |
with her St. Lucy paper doll.
- Make traditional saffron buns, like the ones shown here, by Catholic Icing.
- Bake St. Lucia's braided bread. Here is a recipe from Catholic Cuisine.
Enjoy St. Lucia's Day however it is you decide to celebrate!