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Swedish Customs: Luciadagen: Saint Lucia Day: December 13th

The oldest girl in the house is Saint Lucia. She has a long white dress with a red sash and a evergreen or lingonberry twig garland with lit white candles in her hair. She carries a torch and baked goods to local farms and returns home at the dawn. Early in the morning the Lussibruden: Lucy Bride serves lussekattor: Lucy cats: saffron buns, cakes and coffee or gløgg. Her sisters follow carrying lighted candles; and her brothers wear white cone caps decorated with stars. Schools, offices, and communities have Lucia processions and sing carols that thank the Queen of Light for bringing hope at the darkest time of the year. (5, 8)

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