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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 13, 2010

Lucia Fest in Lindsborg

December 13 is St. Lucia's day, a holy day celebrated in Scandinavian cultures to honor St. Lucia, a third century Christian martyr. Lucia was Sicilian, but she is said to have brought food and light to the poor and needy of Sweden in a desperate time on their shortest day of the year.

We returned to Lindsborg, Kansas this year for the St. Lucia Fest and, in spite of bitter temperatures in the twenties and whipping winds, the seven of us had a nice day with Grandpa and Grandma, Aunt Jenny, and cousins.

At the Swedish Crown restaurant we had a smorgasbord of traditional Swedish food. Swedish meatballs, Jansson's Temptation (a Swedish potato au gratin casserole), salmon with a mustard-dill sauce,  and sausage were some of the main course dishes. We were happy to fill a dinner plate with desserts like bread pudding, ostkaka (a custard like cheesecake), ginger cookies, and Swedish pancakes with lingonberry jam.

As we watched the folk dancers perform, we couldn't believe how they managed in the bitter cold. Contrast their period costumes with our winter coats and hats...

The seven cousins (Lydia was shopping with Grandma in a nice, warm shop) were happy to crowd into this former phone booth to warm up.

Following the street dancing, the formal crowning ceremony of St. Lucia takes place at a Lindsborg Lutheran church. This brief service, with choral performances, congregational hymns, a reflection on St. Lucia by the pastor, and the crowning of St. Lucia, was followed by a reception of ginger cookies and cider. Hope and Sydney and their cousin Haley were glad to have their picture taken with Haley M., Lindsborg's Lucia for this year. Yes, those are actual candles burning!

If you ask most of the kids, they will probably tell you that their favorite part of the day was the park. The icy wind and below-freezing temperatures mattered little to them!

1 comment:

T said...

Trevligt att se att den svenska kulturen lever kvar.

Nice to see the that the Swedish culture still lives.

With Regards T.

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