The Swedish tradition for December 13 is to celebrate Saint Lucia, the Queen of Light. My “Queen of Light” girl, Eva-Marie, was born on Good Friday and was called home to be with Jesus on the Saint Lucia Day. It’s a day I celebrate, because, as her sister Carina says, we celebrate that she is no longer in pain and that she made it to Heaven. To have a daughter in Heaven is really something to celebrate!
The above pictures are of both of my girls when they were chosen as the Lucia at the Swedish boarding school they attended. I’m so glad I have these pictures to remind me of a joyful moments in their lives, but most of all, as a reminder that Eva-Marie now is surrounded with light, in a world where there is no darkness, where God himself is the Light. God is Light and there is no darkness in Him! (The first picture is with Eva-Marie)
The tradition is that the Queen of Lights, dressed in white with a crown of lights on her head, together with a party of attendants, all dressed in white, get up bright and early and go caroling. Since it’s very cold and dark this time of the year in the northern countries, Lucia brings light and joy.
You can google Saint Lucia and get some information on this tradition if you would like. Listen to this Lucia-song on YouTube: