Lucia Dagen Celebration
Gammelgården continues this beloved Swedish Jul tradition!
Sunday December 11, 2016
The Lucia Story:
The celebration of Lucia in Sweden brings light to the very dark days of December. It marks the beginning of the Swedish Christmas season. Lucia, a 3rd century Christian living in Italy, was grateful that her mother’s health was restored and in thankfulness Lucia spent her dowry money to feed the poor. Her fiancé denounced her to the authorities and she was burned at the stake on December 13. Her story traveled to Sweden with Christian missionaries. Her example is celebrated in household and community settings with a young girl in white (purity) with a red sash (martyrdom) and a crown of candles (light) on her head bringing coffee and saffron buns to family members in the pre-dawn hours. Since 1927, the Stockholm Lucia is crowned at the palace and serves coffee to the Nobel prize winners, who are also bringing light to the world in the way of knowledge.
Gammelgården Museum's Lucia Celebration:
Welcome the Jul season with the celebration of Lucia. Follow the candle lit pathway to the GammelKyrkan for a brief Swedish prayer service. (Dress warmly—this church dates back to 1856 and has no heat.) Services are at 6 am and 8:30 a.m. Join us across the street at the Community Center for a full Lucia Fest Breakfast and Program at 7:00 and 9:00 am. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Meet Lucia and watch that the Tomte doesn’t snatch your cookies! The Svensgarnas Dag Girls Choir presents their lovely music program that honors Lucia and her ministry of bringing light into darkness. Gammelgården’s large exhibit of Lucia artifacts will be on display the month of December for your enjoyment in our Passage Room of the Välkommen Hus. Lucia Dagen is a family tradition for all ages.
More information: call 651-433-5053
Always FREE parking!