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Lucia

December 13....a day of tradition in Sweden. Today we celebrate Lucia and sing Lucia songs and Christmas carols. Lucia has a crown of candles on her head, usually live candles but when younger children participate we often use fake candles.
This is a beautiful tradition and is also celebrated in other countries.
In 6th grade I was Lucia and I was very happy about that. Here I am with my old class mates (klasskamrater) singing....
I was 11 years old (young) in 6th grade, always the youngest since my birthday is so late in the year.





There is a blogger in Sweden - Jonna Jinton....she lives in northern Sweden in a small place called Grundtjärn. Actually the area reminds me a lot about Alaska, especially Kenai where I lived for five years. Jonna has made an amazing Lucia video, LUCIA 2017 - The night of light, that I think it is well worth watching, catches the feeling and spirit about Lucia perfectly.
Click here to watch it.

Natten går tunga fjät, runt gård och stuva.
Kring jord som sol’n förlät, skuggorna ruva.
Då i vårt mörka hus, stiger med tända ljus,
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

Natten var stor och stum. Nu, hör, det svingar
i alla tysta rum, sus som av vingar.
Se, på vår tröskel står, vitklädd med ljus i hår,
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

Mörkret skall flykta snart, ur jordens dalar.
Så hon ett underbart ord till oss talar.
Dagen skall åter ny, stiga ur rosig sky,
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

And another Lucia song....

Sankta Lucia, ljusklara hägring,
sprid i vår vinternatt glans av din fägring.
Drömmar med vingesus under oss sia,
tänd dina vita ljus, Sankta Lucia.

Kom i din vita skrud, huld med din maning.
Skänk oss, du julens brud, julfröjders aning.
Drömmar med vingesus, under oss sia,
tänd dina vita ljus, Sankta Lucia.

Trollsejd och mörkermakt ljust du betvingar,
signade lågors vakt skydd åt oss bringar.
Drömmar med vingesus, under oss sia,
tänd dina vita ljus, Sankta Lucia.

Stjärnor som leda oss, vägen att finna,
bli dina klara bloss, fagra prästinna.
Drömmar med vingesus, under oss sia,
tänd dina vita ljus, Sankta Lucia.

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