it kind of reminds me of the Swedish mythical Saint Lucia, although Lucia wears a wreath of lighted candles in her hair.
Today, in Sweden, the Saint Lucia celebrations consist of a processional with Lucia, her handmaidens, "Star" boys and Brownies, following, carrying small lanterns. Lucia, the handmaidens and "Star" boys all wear white gowns. Only Lucia wears the lighted wreath of candles on her head, her hands held together in front of her. Her handmaidens wear green wreaths in their hair and hold lighted candles. The "Star" boys, also dressed in white gowns, carry stars on stitcks and wear tall paper cone shaped hats on their heads.
Lucia and her handmaidens sing a traditional Lucia themed song, perhaps like this one:
"The night treads heavily, around years and dwellings. In places unreached by sun, the shadows brood. Into our dark house she comes, bearing lighted candles. Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia".
((Taken from the Swedish Institute)
A custom, dating back to 1880, includes Lucia serving sweet saffron buns, called (lusslkatter), shaped like "curled up cats with raisin eyes", with coffee, or Swedish glogg, a traditional Swedish Christmas drink.
I would love to hear about some of your favorite customs or traditions to celebrate too. All of your visits and comments mean so much to me, and I love hearing from all of you!