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Swedesburg Museum Hosts Annual St. Lucia Celebration Monday

Posted: Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 6:24 am
Author: KCII News - Sam McIntosh

The Swedish American Museum and Historical Society in Swedesburg honors a Scandinavian tradition every December with its Sankta Lucia potluck event.

Sankta Lucia, also known as Saint Lucy, was a third-century martyr who brought food and aid to Christians hiding in the catacombs during the Great Persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. Legend tells she wore a candle-lit wreath to light her way and leave her hands free to carry as much food as possible. Annually, the Swedish American Museum selects a young girl to dress up as Sankta Lucia at their free potluck dinner, giving cookies to attendees followed by the singing of Christmas carols. This year’s Sankta Lucia is Hallie Sandeen.

Candice Boulton of the Swedish American Museum explains the event’s significance, “It’s almost like the beginning of an Advent-type situation, it’s like the beginning of Christmas. It’s the beginning of the whole winter season. It’s just a wonderful celebration of light remembering that in Sweden in this time of year it’s so dark and just kind of an embracing of the light. And so what we do here is just kind of bringing that taste of Sweden here and it really just gets that Christmas feeling started.”

The Sankta Lucia potluck celebration takes place Monday at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.