Happy St. Lucia’s Day everyone!
You all know Dana and I are proud Scandinavian Americans and in honor of our heritage, we thought we’d share the the history behind the celebration with you.
St. Lucy or Lucia is the patron saint of the blind. The story goes that her dying mother was healed and Lucy was so thankful that she devoted her life to helping the poor and was martyred during the Christian persecution.There’s also no insignificance that the name Lucia means light- winter nights are long in Sweden. The holiday is celebrated on December 13th and tradition has it that the eldest daughter in the family would don a crown of candles and a white gown and bring coffee and buns to her parents in bed.
Being the oldest child, I always had delusional dreams of being the St. Lucia in my family. However, of all the Swedish things I was exposed to, a traditional St. Lucia celebration was never one of them. So I guess I shall be left with my fantasy and instead appease myself and you all with some inspirational images of what I like to call “Scandi Chic”. Good lead in, huh?
I love this reindeer by artist Lisa Congdon. I found it on etsy here.
Enjoy your St. Lucia day! If you need help creating your own Scandinavian chic interiors, contact us at Vintage Scout Interiors firstname.lastname@example.org