13th December is St. Lucy’s feast. In Scandinavia, this day marks the beginning of the Christmas season. She is the patroness of the blind and is the female version of Santa CLaus.. Well, almost…
Here’s some ways to celebrate St. Lucy’s feast with the kids:
Read St. Lucy’s story:
A very inspiring story of a young martyr. On days we don’t have time for much, we read/hear the story of the Saint. This brings in loads of food for thought and is a wonderful conversation topic for the family. Kids have brilliant imaginations and a fertile mind. Their questions and reflections on these stories have often left me awed.
Make a St. Lucy crown. This is a crown made of 9 candles depicting the light in the darkness and also coz that’s how she used to take food to the persecuted Christians in the catacombs. Wearing a crown of candles left her hands free to distribute food.
Play dress up:
St. Lucy is marked with a white gown showing her virginity and a red sash for martyrdom. In many traditions the eldest daughter dresses up as St. Lucy with the crown and brings in coffee and baked stuff for breakfast. If you and your kids like to bake, this might be a good way to celebrate or make do with some sweet buns
Here’s the recipe for a traditional Lussekatter ( St. Lucy’s cake). Otherwise simply bake a cake shaped as a crown and light them with candles
Pray for the Blind:
She is the one to pray to for the blind or with weak eyesight. St Lucy’s eyes were gouged before she was killed and is often depicted holding eyes on a platter. Draw a simple platter with eyes and let children make a list of those they know with weak eyesight or wearing spectacles and pray for them especially today. Check out the images.
Psst.. after her death, her eyes miraculously returned to her in-corrupt body.
Enjoy Advent and don’t forget to spend quality time with your kids in meaningful ways with the above suggestions or others.
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