Thursday, December 13, 2012

Lucia Dreams

Our Lucia, Star boy and house Elf, are all now sleeping soundly after one last "Luciekatt," before bedtime.* Today, was the Swedish holiday of Lucia which meant that before the sun rose, parents, too, were invited for morning coffee and Luciekatt in recognition of this National Holiday.  The kids continued with Lucia Trains, songs and ... more Lucia buns during the day.


Mama Lisa A Traditional Lucia Chorus

Living in a climate where the sun rises at  9:15 AM and then, sets at 2:15 PM, it's easy to understand why a holiday that recognized light came to Sweden.  The sun is never high in the sky and I always have the sensation that I'm walking around in sunglasses; even at high noon. If you're ever visiting Sweden on December 13, find a Lucia concert. These a Swedish magic. Even if you don't speak Swedish, it's easy to understand the day and statement of it.


Santa Lucia (English Translation)
Night walks with a heavy step
Round yard and hearth,
As the sun departs from earth,
Shadows are brooding.
There in our dark house,
Walking with lit candles,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

Night walks grand, yet silent,
Now hear its gentle wings,
In every room so hushed,
Whispering like wings.
Look, at our threshold stands,
White-clad with light in her hair,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

Darkness shall take flight soon,
From earth's valleys.
So she speaks
Wonderful words to us:
A new day will rise again
From the rosy sky…
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

* Luciekatt are a Swedish Saffron Bun traditionally eaten on Lucia.

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