WHEN & WHERE
Saturday – December 9th, 2017 1 – 4 pm
Museum of Seminole County History
300 Bush Boulevard
Sanford, Florida 32773
(The event is free, donations accepted)
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Swedish Dessert & Beverage Sampling
- Reading of the Santa Lucia Legend and Lucia Procession
- Swedish History & Decoration Display – Music
- Giant Dala Horse – Reading of the Tomten Legend
The Lake Mary Elementary School Chorus, under the direction of Amy Gonzalez, will perform again this year traditional Holiday songs along with Swedish Christmas songs during our celebration. The LMES Chorus is always a big hit!
Corky Hall accordion player will be performing Scandinavian and Christmas music.
The Seminole County Historical Society will have a booth with Swedish imported items for sale.
-Teri Patterson, Coordinator
ABOUT ST LUCIA’S DAY
St. Lucia’s Day is a holiday named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse, also known as Saint Lucia. It is celebrated in Sweden on December 13. Lucia was a wealthy young Christian martyr who is venerated as a Saint by Catholic and Orthodox Christians. At an early age she vowed herself to God. When she rejected a pagan suitor, he denounced her during the persecutions under Diocletian. She is the patron saint of blindness. Throughout Sweden the feast day of Lucia, is celebrated as the Festival of Light. Before dawn, young girls dress in a white gown with a crown of evergreen leaves and candles glowing. They awaken their families with a traditional Lucia song and serve them hot coffee and sweet saffron buns.