- Saturday, December 7, 2019
- 4 pm
- Peace United Church of Christ
- 900 High St, Santa Cruz, CA
- Refreshments and Butik
- Children’s Crafts
- Bring Cookies to Kitchen before the Program
The Jul season will be ushered in by our 2019 Lucia, followed by her attendants wearing silver tinsel crowns and star boys with tall pointed hats. The well loved Swedish chorus, the Zaida Singers, will perform Scandinavian music in four-part harmony. After the program, Jultomtem leads the way to cookies, coffee, and punch. Everyone is invited to join in the dancing around the Christmas tree. A craft table for children will be available.
Our Butik will be open featuring unique Nordic gifts and items for the home and family. Beautiful wooden, metal, and glass items, linens, candles, cards, books, jewelry, shirts, dolls, and Christmas decorations will be available for purchase.
If you know someone who would like to participate in the Lucia procession, please email Helene at firstname.lastname@example.org before Oct 26. Click here for the rehearsal schedule: Rehearsals.
History of Lucia Day
Before daybreak, Lucia, dressed in a white gown with red sash, wearing a crown of blazing candles in her hair, emerges our of the darkness carrying a tray of saffron buns and steaming coffee to awaken the family. According to one legend, Lucia was born in Sicily and secretly distributed her large dowry by candlelight to the poor.
Dec 13th on the Julian calendar was the winter solstice celebrated by the Norse; now this date is the traditional Lucia Day and is celebrated all over Scandinavia in homes, schools, hospitals, and city halls marking the darkest time of the year when all celebrate the beginning of the Jul season and the return of the sun – a festival of light!