If you have ever bought Lori Mitchell's figurine Lucia, you may already be aware of the story of St. Lucia, the 4th century martyr who is celebrated every December 13 around the world, most notably in Italy and Scandinavia.
Or...maybe you just bought her because she is SUPER cute!
If you are part of the latter group, here is a quick run down on St. Lucia, her history and how she is celebrated around the world.
As the legend goes, Lucia of Syracuse was a 4th century martyr who brought food and supplies to Christians hiding from persecution in the Roman catacombs. In order to keep her hands free to carry as much food as possible, she wore a wreath of candles on her head to help light the way.
On December 13, Lucia is celebrated all over the world. For many, St. Lucia's Day marks the beginning of the Christmas season. Celebrations include processions of girls in white dresses and lighted headdresses. Boys will also join the procession, dressed as star boys, Santa's elves and gingerbread men. Children sing songs and hand out coffee and baked goods, such as saffron bread and ginger cookies.
So as the darkness of winter approaches we celebrate Lucia, and the light and warmth that she brings to the world.