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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Making Costumes

We spent Saturday morning making St. Lucia costumes so the girls could dress as St. Lucia and her attendant and the boys as Starboys. We are scheduled to visit Lindsborg, Kansas, a town famous for its Swedish heritage, on St. Lucia Day, with the GRACE homeschool group.


In anticipation of this, our family and the G. family explained the St. Lucia tradition to our group. The legends that surround St. Lucia form the backdrop for the Swedish tradition in which children dress as St. Lucia and attendants and bring breakfast in bed to their parents. Legend says that St. Lucia was seen at the bow of a ship, wearing a wreath of candles and lighting the way through the winter darkness. It is said that the starboy costume is meant to remind us of the (traditionally) three wise men (three stars on the hat).



Protestants like us forget that the calendar is full of saints days, but we've enjoyed in recent years reading picture books about St. Nicholas around his day (December 6) and St. Lucia (December 13) on her day.

6 comments:

Eric and Pam said...

WOW!!! Great job girls! The costumes were awesome! :-)

Jennifer said...

Ok, so I read your posts out of order :) You're in Kansas? My husband's family is in Eudora (outside of Lawrence). We go back there to visit often (well not so often since moving to Alaska last year). I really love that area :)

Mrs. Edwards said...

Pam-
For a first sewing project, they already sew about as much as their mother!!

Jennifer-
Next time your in Kansas, you'll have to stop in Lindsborg. My friend's brother was at Ft. W. with his family for two years but this fall they moved to N. Carolina. They loved it up there and were disappointed to move. I noticed from your blog that your days are already so short. I used to live in Quebec and those winter days were short enough for me! St. Lucia would have an extra meaning for your family, I would think.

MagistraCarminum said...

Amy- hope you will see our friend Brenda while in Lindsborg! I'm quite jealous!
Chris in NM

Mrs. Edwards said...

Chris, Yes, I've asked her if we could stop by! I'm really looking forward to it. After spending the weekend with her in the Tapestry of Grace booth I wished I was closer to her!

Mrs. Edwards said...

Jennifer-When I posted the comment to Chris and re-read all the comments, I saw I misspelled "you're" in my comment to you! For the record, I do know my homonyms! :)

Amy

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