Saint Lucy – Santa Lucia

As part of the Christmas Traditions in historic St. Charles, Missouri, they have many characters dressed up to represent figures from books, folktales, holiday traditions from around the world and more interacting with the folks who come to visit.  They give out cards, somewhat like baseball trading cards, with their picture and name on it explaining their tradition.  The children (and some adults) were very much engaged in collecting the entire set of 40.  This charming young lady is Saint Lucy or Santa Lucia  St. Lucia’s Day is celebrated most commonly in Italy and in Scandinavia, with each emphasizing a different aspect of the story. In traditional celebrations, Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets. It is one of the very few saint days observed in Scandinavia. In some forms, a procession is headed by one girl wearing a crown of candles (or lights), while others in the procession hold only a single candle each. (wikipedia)

I couldn’t remember who she was at first but when I saw her card – it all came back to me.

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12 Responses to Saint Lucy – Santa Lucia

  1. bulldog says:

    Lovely share… by the way some poinsettias have taken 30 years to hybrid…

  2. Fantastic! That sounds like an amazing place to visit! :)-Ashley

  3. The Dose of Reality says:

    Since I *have* a Lucy at my house, we know all about Santa Lucia! She’s our favorite! Lucy has TONS of Santa Lucia stuff! I never saw her in St. Charles, though! COOL!! –Lisa

  4. I love Santa Lucia! If only I were a true Scandinavian:D

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    My old neighborhood was once a place where Swedish immigrants settled in Chicago. Santa Lucia made her appearance every year, much to the delight of the children shopping with their parents. Fantastic recording, too, Teri.

  6. jDevaun says:

    My favorite part is the little “angry bird.”

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