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Swedes Begin Christmas Early With St. Lucia Day


Last updated 12/11/2019 at 3:37pm

By Philomena Corradeno

As the winter holidays approach, we hear much about Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and New Year's, but little about a lovely, cherished custom of Scandinavia where the Christmas season begins on Dec. 13 with St. Lucia Day, and ends on Jan. 13 with the feast of St. Knut. St. Lucia Day is more widely observed in Sweden than in other Scandinavian countries, and although primarily a family observance, there are public ceremonies in most offices, hospitals, factories, schools and churches.

In the home, in early morning, the eldest daughter wakes the parents and the rest of t...

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