December 13th is the Feast of St. Lucy! You may also hear it called the Feast of St. Lucia or St. Lucia Day. There are plenty of ways that Catholics can celebrate her feast day with their family during the Advent season.
Not much is known for certain about St. Lucy’s life because of the time period she lived during. The stories of St. Lucy’s life all have an underlying theme of great courage and strong Christian faith. These are two traits we should strive to replicate as Catholics. If you’re interested in learning about the numerous legends related to St. Lucy’s life, we recommend checking out this post from our friends at uCatholic: http://ucatholic.com/saints/st-lucy/
There are several cool traditions associated with the Feast of St. Lucy. These are fun ways that you and your family can celebrate her feast day! Feel free to pick one idea in particular, do all of them, or choose the ones you like best.
Feast of St. Lucy Catholic Traditions
Baking St. Lucia Buns
These are traditional to have in the morning on December 13th. We’ve seen some Catholics substitute cinnamon buns for these (we can’t all be good cooks!). The youngest girl of the family is supposed to be “St. Lucy”. She brings the Lucia buns (or saffronsbrod or cinnamon buns) to the rest of the family. You can find some recipes for St. Lucia buns or saffronsbrod below.
Dressing Up as St. Lucy
What could more fun for a Catholic girl!? This is inspired by the St. Lucy buns tradition. The most integral part of the St. Lucy get up is the St. Lucy crown! This comes from the legend that St. Lucy wore a wreath and candles on her head to provide light as she helped the less fortunate. We’ve seen some beautiful crowns that use real wreaths and candles, paper crowns, and crowns that use battery powered candles. The choice is yours here, but be safe! You can find some instructions on creating a St. Lucy crown below.
Checking Out Christmas Lights as a Family
This is a really fun and simple activity to do on St. Lucy’s feast day. What do Christmas lights and St. Lucy have in common? Well, Lucia (Lucy) means light. As her feast always occurs during the Advent season, there is always the opportunity to check out some Christmas lights. Whether you walk or drive around your town or head to a Christmas light show/display you can make it about St. Lucy. Be sure to explain the significance of the activity to your kids and tell them about St. Lucy.
Hopefully you and your family have fun celebrating the Feast of St. Lucy! If you have any other cool ideas to share, feel free to leave us a comment!