WW #49: Swedish Christmas & Santa Lucia Day

Hello everyone or should I say hejsan!  Sorry my Weekly Wrap Up is coming out later than usual.  With Christmas coming this week, I am SO behind the 8-ball.  Picture me scrambling with last minute baking and presents, crossing my finger that Amazon will deliver on-time (please!). Anyone else in the same boat?

WW #49: Swedish Christmas & Santa Lucia Day

Santa Lucia Day has always been important in my family.   The Swedish Christmas season begins with Lucia Day on December 13.  A festival of light during a dark winter, Lucia dates back to the 3rd century, commemorating a Christian martyr who brought brought food and aid to Christians, using a candle-lit wreath to free her hands and carry as much food as possible.  In Sweden, Santa Lucia is represented as a girl in a white dress with a red sash and a crown or wreath of candles on her head.  In many families, the eldest girl dresses as such and brings buns and hot cocoa to other children during the night!

WW #49: Swedish Christmas & Santa Lucia Day

Here are my girls ready to march down to the concert.

What are you favorite holiday traditions?  Weigh in below!



When my mother emigrated to the U.S. in 1960 from Sweden to become a stewardess for Pan American Airlines, little could she have imagined that 55 years late she would be attending the Santa Lucia concert in NYC with three granddaughters and five grandsons of her combined total of 12 grandchildren.  Attending this concert has become one of our family’s favorite Christmas traditions.

Here’s my Mom with the kids’ beloved preschool teacher who now teaches Marielle.  She’s taught all five kids and I consider her one of my close personal friends at this point!  I was so happy that she and her daughter (pictured behind), who are Hungarian, could join us.


Do you agree that Marielle looks a LOT like her Grandmother?


The church looked beautiful and festive with red flowers.


Having one’s OWN personal candle is pretty cool when you are normally asked to share most everything your hands touch.


Although this picture turned out a bit blurry, I wanted to include it so that you all could get a sense of how festive and warm this concert was.   The Santa Lucia stands in the middle wearing real candles atop her head.


On the way back home on the subway, we enjoyed some extra time with our crowns and gowns.


Back to our lobby, we took the opportunity to snap some pics.



Here with the girls and me are my sister Kiki and my niece Aine.

And here with my other kids is Saemus our awesome cousin, same age as Beckett (8) (missing in action is Finn, aged 10, close in age to Lachlan).


And here’s the fam.  Since we have virtually NO pictures of all of us together, this year we are making a concerted effort to take them whenever the occasion arises (hmm, that makes me think that New Year’s Resolutions are right around the corner… I’m certainly going to have plenty so get ready for those).


That’s it for this week’s Weekly Wrap Up.  Stay tuned for some fun holiday content this week on CloudMom and thanks so much for reading!

XO Melissa

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  • gay egg

    Nice pics!

  • cindiizzy

    I love children performances of any kind but truly love the holiday ones the best!

  • Vero M

    Great post. Thanks!

  • cynthiac

    Thank goodness for LED candles. I’ve seen old pictures of girls wearing the real candle crowns and they terrified me! And yes, Marielle looks exactly like her beautiful grandmother.

  • Betsy R Barnes

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is we always have a small gathering on Christmas Eve. We have a buffet of appetizers, finger foods and desserts. It is usually family, then friends always drop by. It is a fun, relaxed celebration that always creates fond memories 🙂

    • That sounds lovely! I hope you had a great Christmas.

  • Elisabeth

    Looks like you guys had a great time! And yes, hoping a couple packages make it here by tomorrow! Eek!

    • We sure did cut it close this year 🙂 Hoping all of yours made it!

  • Rosie

    What wonderful tradition – fun and joy for everyone!

  • AJ

    What sweet pictures.

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  • Patty

    Love this post.

  • randyfulgham

    real nice post and giveaway

  • Julie Wood

    Such a pretty post. Our favorite Holiday traditions are making decorated Sugar Cookies, going out to pick out our tree, and taking a ride to look at all the wonderful Christmas lights that are displayed in our neighborhood.


    I enjoyed looking at all the pictures. At first glance I thought the candles were wax candles and would be dangerous. Happily, I realized they were safe non flammable lights.

    • Yes, definitely! Safety first around so many little ones.

  • H.T. Boland

    I didn’t know about Santa Lucia Day so this was very good interesting. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the chance to win.

  • H.T. Boland

    This was very interesting. I didn’t know about Santa Lucia Day. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the chance to win!

    • Absolutely! Thank you for reading.

  • Mandala

    Thank you for sharing about your family tradition and about Santa Lucia Day.

  • Janet Watson

    Thanks for sharing about Santa Lucia Day! Very interesting!

  • mommyto2girlz

    I’ve never heard of Santa Lucia Day either! Thanks for sharing about it with us.

    • Thanks for sharing in our tradition!

  • Daniel M

    looks like a good time

  • slehan

    I do know about Santa Lucia Day because my chorus sang a song about it and we learned about it.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

  • slehan

    This form will not give me credit for the 2 Retweets. It says I’ve already retweeted (which I have) but won’t give me credit for it.

    • slehan

      I went and found the original and unretweeted it. Then it gave me credit for it.

  • Brandon Sparks

    such a great giveaway

  • Susan Smith

    Sounds like fun!

  • shellypeterson

    I loved learning about Santa Lucia Day! Yes your daughter looks just like your Mother.:)

    • Thank you so much for reading! I agree 🙂

  • Bruce Vrana

    Great pictures, thanks for the giveaway

  • What a fabulous tradition. Looks like you all had a marvelous time. Such a beautiful family.

  • Karen Drake

    What a beautiful tradition. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • randyfulgham

    i mistakenly entered the $550.00 giveaway

  • Those are some cool candle hats. Good thing they are fake candles!

  • clynsg

    At least it is much safer than it used to be, when all they had was real candles!!

  • Kathy Kuykendall

    I love learning about other families traditions at holidays!

  • Sarah Hayes

    sweet pictures! happy holidays!

  • Meghan Castillo

    I love all of your pictures, beautiful family

  • Sharon Braswell

    I love the Swedish Christmas History, The Festival of lights,the costumes, the concert, the pictures of your sister,her kids,your mother and the concert! Beautiful post as always and YES Marielle looks just like her Grandmother!

  • Tanya White

    Beautiful pictures. My favorite holiday tradition is spending time having dinner and opening gifts with my extended family at my house Christmas Eve night.

  • Natalie

    What a beautiful church and Christmas tree!

  • Jennifer Boehme

    Yes, you will love to look back on all those family photos years from now. You all look happy!

  • Brandy Lucero

    I love all of your pictures, what a beautiful family. Awesome giveaway!!!!

  • Thomas Murphy

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • steve weber

    Merry Christmas to you

    • Little late – but hope you and your family had wonderful holidays! xo

  • Buddy Garrett

    I loved the post. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • honeypie411

    How fun and festive this looks!