On one of the darkest days of the year in one of the darkest parts of the globe, it is fitting that a celebration of light happens each December, a week before the winter solstice. In Scandinavian countries, Saint Lucia Day is celebrated on December 13th with girls and boys in white robes and candle wreaths bringing light and warmth as a symbol of hope to people surrounded by ice and snow.
If you have never visited this part of the world in the dead of winter, you might be surprised by the abundance of light you’ll find there. Rather than coming from the sun, it radiates from the moon, stars and northern lights and is reflected by the snow. There is no more magical time to visit Scandinavia, take a steaming hot sauna, and indulge in the company of the hearty, happy people that make this their home.
Bright yellow saffron raisin buns (Lucia Buns), salted chocolate rye crisps, fortifying Glogg and traditional cookies like gingersnaps, wilderness sands and plum pinwheels are served on tables across the nordic countries as friends and family gather. This is the time when the nordic qualities of stillness, quiet, simplicity and overwhelming natural beauty abound.