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Every year around this time, I think of my Swedish grandmother more often. Her favorite thing in the world was having family visit her, so she could play hostess and cook a massive feast.
At Thanksgiving and Christmas, her house would come to life with pies baking and her crooning at her upright piano. I miss that sound so much. So every Christmas, as my little way of remembering her and as a way of paying tribute to my cousins back in Sweden, I put a St. Lucia inspired crown of candles on our dining room table.
In Sweden, St. Lucia Day (or St. Lucy’s Day) is a big event. It is a feast day to celebrate the festival of light and the arrival of the Light of Christ within the Advent season.
In many towns throughout Sweden, a girl is chosen to dress as St. Lucia in a white dress, red sash and a wreath of candles on her head as other children carry rolls and cookies in procession while singing in the darkness of the Winter Solstice.
As my own little celebration, I put together a Swedish Christmas sweets table along with some of my best tips on the World Market Blog today. You can see the full post here.
Sometimes it’s the little traditions that keep the ones we love even closer to our hearts during the holidays.
Do you have any cultural traditions that you do this time of year? Or a way of remembering your loved ones who can no longer be here?