Notable Swedish Date: Dec 13th, Santa Lucia

The custom involves the eldest daughter arising early and wearing her Lucy garb of white robe, red sash, and a wire crown covered with whortleberry-twigs with nine lighted candles fastened in it awakens the family, singing “Santa Lucia”, serving them coffee and saffron buns (St. Lucia buns), thus ushering in the Christmas season. Although St. Lucy’s Day…