thy light is glowing
Through darkest winter night,
Dreams float on dreams tonight,
Comes then the morning light,
This is another one of my favorite Winter Holidays!
Santa Lucia Day is on December 13th and celebrates the light for the longest night of the year (under the old Gregorian calendar this was the Winter Solstice).
Lucia was known as a medieval saint who brought food to a province of Sweden during a period of famine.
Santa Lucia is seen as a symbol of hope and light during the dark of Winter.
At our Waldorf school the children celebrate Santa Lucia day. The girls dress in white with red sashes and the boys are dressed as “star boys” with pointy star hats. The oldest girl in the 2nd grade wears a wreath of candles on her head to represent Santa Lucia. This class passes out Saffron buns to all of the children in the school while singing the Santa Lucia song.
At our house the kids wake up to a breakfast of saffron buns and we light candle before we go off to school. Today was a perfect day to celebrate as it has been snowing all weekend and it all seems just a bit more magical when everything is covered in snow!
Here are some picture of our celebration last year at school!
The Saffron buns from this morning...
Here is the recipe I used, although not traditional due to the lack of saffron:
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon turmeric for color
Stir all of these things together in a large bowl.
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs , beaten
1 teaspoon salt
2 to 4 cups of flour to make a soft dough
Knead; keep the dough on the soft side. Add currents or raisins if you like those. Shape into S shaped buns, let rise until doubled and then bake at 400 degrees until golden.
They are best with butter and cinnamon/sugar sprinkled on top!