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Advent Calendar Day 13 – Glad Lucia!

Advent Calendar Day 13 – Glad Lucia!

Today I want to wish everyone a happy St. Lucia’s Day (or St. Lucy’s Day, as I think she’s more commonly called in the anglosphere). St. Lucia’s Day is a pretty integral part of the holiday season up here in the North, as a celebration of how the light will soon be returning after the solstice. I’ve heard that the 13th used to be considered the solstice and that was why we celebrated on that day, but I’ve also heard that that’s a myth so I’m not sure. Either way, it’s one of my favorite parts of Christmas.

Swedish television always shows a Lucia special, which is mainly music (there’s a whole reportoire of Lucia-specific Christmas songs here), in the mornings of St. Lucia’s Day. This morning, I couldn’t find the remote to the TV, so we had to watch it on the laptop, hah! But it was nice all the same. Not one of the best ones (most years they record a new one, though some years they will air an old one instead) but not bad.

Today is a nice, calm day here in the house. I’m not working, so I’m spending the day tidying up a bit and doing some writing. Hope you all are having an equally pleasant day!

Advent Calendar Day 12 – Lussebullar!

Advent Calendar Day 12 – Lussebullar!

A particular Christmas favorite here in Sweden is the lussebulle (lusse bun), also called lussekatt (lusse cat). It’s a sweet saffron bun, usually with a couple of raisins in it and shaped as a braid or a sort of S (like in the photo below).

My mom baked these earlier, and gave us some so we can have some tomorrow on Saint Lucia’s day, which is the day traditionally associated with lussebullar. A lot of people, including me until a year or two ago, think that the lusse in lussebulle is a pet form of Lucia, but it is more likely that it is derived from earlier folklore figures that predates the association between December 13th (previously possibly believed to be the solstice) and the Italian Saint Lucia. One of these figures, and a likely contender for the origin, is Lussi who was believed to be a witch or demon who rode through the air with her cohorts on Lussi night. I don’t know that much about this myth to be honest, other than that it’s very interesting, but you can read a little about it here.