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Swedish Christmas


God Jul Och Ett Gott Nytt Ar

In Sweden the Christmas season begins with St. Lucia Day. St. Lucia is celebrated all over Sweden and in Norway on December 13th. Lucia is a 4th century Italian Saint.

*Songs

Lucia traditional song (English version)
Walk in a procession and sing the song.

Now the light is carried forth,
proud on its crown,
in every house and home,
the song shall ring.
Now the light is carried forth,
proud on its crown,
in every house and home,
the song shall ring.
On this Lucia day,
our circle of friendship is greeted,
Saint Lucia,
Saint Lucia.
On this Lucia day,
our circle of friendship is greeted,
Saint Lucia,
Saint Lucia.

St. Lucia Wreath
Need: green posterboard, construction paper (yellow, white, green, red), yellow tissue paper

Cut a circle from the posterboard about 12" (30cm)long and 12" (25cm) wide. Cut out the center to fit on a child's head (like a hat brim). Make small cuts of about 1" (2.5cm) around the inner circle. Try it on a child's head. It should fit snugly.

Make about 5 candles by rolling and taping white construction paper into tubes. Make several clips at the base of each candle and bend them outward. Tape the candles to the circle and place crumpled yellow tissue paper into each end for a candle flame.

Cut leaves from green construction paper. Cut small red circles from construction paper for the berries. Glue leaves and berries to the wreath covering the wreath and the candle bases.

*Sites to See

Straw Goat Picture
About the Straw Goat Julbocken

St. Lucia-PBS Kids

A December Celebration — St. Lucia Day
Background of St. Lucia day and ideas of classrooms.

Feast of St. Lucia color page (pbskids arthur)

The Tomten Page
Learn about the folklore of the Tomten.

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