Weekly Wrap Up #96: Happy Santa Lucia Day

Hello everyone! Welcome back to our Weekly Wrap up during what is my busiest week of the year! Growing up with a Swedish mother, Christmas time was a huge celebration of light, family and baked goods. I’ve tried to follow in my mother’s footsteps by making the same treats she did, including a moist pumpkin cake, gingerbread snaps, and Swedish drömmar (butter cookies) aka dreams. With my apron on late at night, late-night on-line ordering, wrapping and decorating the home, and all the usual craziness of homework, play rehearsals and sports practices, I’m one tired mama. But it’s so worth it to have a cozy home filled with the warmth of the holidays that my energy and spirits are running high.

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Marc and I began for our family’s Swedish Christmas by preparing for our annual glögg and Smörgåsbord party last week. Marc has become an expert with the glögg, a warm mulled wine rich with almonds, raisins, spices and flamed brandy. The flaming of the brandy has become an annual tradition that the kids love to watch.glöggHere’s our living room decorated for the dinner. I rented tables, napkins and cutlery and stuffed 46 people in there. One guest called it a “jet blue flight.” Ha ha. Fortunately, everyone fit.Smörgåsbord Smörgåsbord dinnerIn the middle of my tables, I put garlands and the wooden ornaments I’ve collected since getting married, all of which remind me of the Christmases of my youth.Smörgåsbord mealWith the glögg consumed, along with three large pans of potatoes au gratin and 250 meatballs, our family resurfaced to dress up for the annual Swedish Santa Lucia concert. The girls love wearing their dresses and crowns.Santa Lucia concertCouples shot with a photo bomb from Hedley!coupleThe awesome choir. Santa Lucia choirHere you see the back of Lucia in the final procession. Santa Lucia Day, also called the Feast of Saint Lucy, has been celebrated in Sweden and elsewhere in Scandinavia for centuries. Traditionally, a girl in the family dresses up in the white dress you see here with a red sash and a wreath adorned with real candles atop her head. She brings buns and cocoa to the other members of the family. In a country where winter means only several hours of daylight, Santa Lucia day brings light and cheer.Santa Lucia day concertWishing all of you a happy Santa Lucia day and good cheer, warmth and love whatever you are celebrating.



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  • shellypeterson

    Looks like a wonderful day!

  • Dandi D

    This is such a neat tradition!

  • Liberty Thompson

    Your party was so beautiful and what a lovely tradition!

  • Christina

    Thank you!

  • Dana Rodriguez

    Great photos! Looks like everyone had a good time!

  • Ellie W

    I enjoyed learning a little about your traditions!

    • Thanks so much for reading, Ellie!

  • cynthiac

    You are brave to host so many people and it looks like you did a beautiful job. I hope you had lots of help!

    • Thanks! It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it! 🙂

  • Sarah Hayes

    we love to bake and sing carols

  • You are quite the cloudmom! Always enjoy your photos and articles.

    • Thank you so much, Sandra! Appreciate you reading and commenting!

  • gannyofshy

    Love to win this gift card, I have several things on my wishlist

  • Anel Winney

    We love watching home Alone on Christmas EVe.

  • Natalie

    I love the girls crowns! So sparkly!

    • They loved them too! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • dglitter

    This gift card will be very helpful to my family.

  • Holly Boland

    Amazing tradition, thanks for sharing. Beautiful.

  • Anne Flickinger

    This is such a great tradition. Thank you for sharing and Happy Holidays!

    • Thanks so much! Happy holidays!!

  • slehan

    Light is returning, even tho this is the longest day.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  • Deborah Freeman

    Such a sweet tradition, and a beautiful ceremony, I would love to attend a service sometime.

  • Daniel M

    looks like a fun time

  • Betsy Barnes

    Some of our holiday traditions, decorating the tree and baking cookies together!

    • Some of my favorite traditions!

  • Erin M

    Wonderful traditions! I love seeing the holiday head dresses

  • Sharon Braswell

    Beautiful family, traditions and photos!!