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Celebrate St. Lucy Eve With Cookies and Model Trains!
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 12/12/2011 - 22:45
Postcard - Lucia by Hans Arnold. Image in ixot's photostream
St. Lucy Day Eve!
And since tomorrow - with the help of Silvia - Madame Reynard - I am sharing Santa Lucia as she is celebrated in Italy, I am posting a few Scandinavian notes and updates today!
Be sure to join Kathryn at the Pickled Herring tomorrow for the first day of the Twelve Days of Scandinavian Christmas! First day of Scandinavian Christmas begins December 13th.
She has made this adorable Yule Goat button which you will find on her side bar and it will head each post from now until December 24th.
There is going to be so much "Scandi-goodness" to be enjoyed so don't miss it. Twelve Days of Scandinavian Christmas!
Image of Iceland Tree taken by Kathy at the Ocean Rogue Inn
Look at this! OMG! I just received this image in my e-mail!
Kathy, (you might remember - Ocean Rogue Inn owner who sent me pictures of her Temari Snowman) sent her father the instructions for making the Iceland Tree that I posted in early November. And he made her not one but two!
He sent them to her in pieces, so she immediately assembled one of them and decorated with some wooden ornaments she had on hand.
The paper hearts - she used the heart basket template made by Margit!
I can not begin to tell you how happy this has made me - how satisfying it is to know that something you have shared touches another's muse and imagination.
Actually, I love how the wood ornaments look on this tree so much that for next year, even though I will use the tree again as an Advent Calendar, every day as I eat my chocolate, I will remove the basket and replace it with a Scandinavian ornament.
Skansen Christmas Market Lussekott (Lucy Buns) by Nenyaki
And now, to the kitchen to bake for St. Lucy Day!
It is traditional for the eldest child in the house to serve St. Lucy Buns to her parents on the morning of December 13th.
You will find a recipe link for Lucy buns as well as several other lovely links on this post from iHanna: Saint Lucia and Saffron Buns.
And more information about St Lucy celebrations and another recipe for Lucy buns here.
Gingerbread is usually served along side the Saffron Buns and here are two very good recipes for gingerbread cookies from readers who entered them in the Cookie Recipe Exchange last year: Traditional Gingerbread Cookies posted on Nagle 5 and Gingerbread Boys posted on Pink Suede Shoe. I have made both of these gingerbread recipes and they are delicious. I almost always get asked for the recipe!
I have one more personal favorite I must bake for St. Lucy Day. And since these are so good, I always have to bake them again before Christmas! So simple. Same basic ingredients seen so often in sugar cookies, but honestly, I don't know why these are so yummy, but even my chocolate chip loving sweetheart has his "hand in THIS cookie tin" all the time!
Gingerbread by Night by Helge Carlsen
While you and the children are snuggling in on St. Lucy Eve, sipping glogg or hot cocoa and munching Norwegian Christmas cookies, here is something very fun to enjoy! The most amazing model train set in the world! Don't miss it! Model Trains and Christmas just seem to go together so take this opportunity to enjoy this amazing Miniatur Wunderland.
It is a 5 minute video. Camera's have even been attached to the model train engine so you are literally seeing it as if you were riding on the train.
There are more train ride videos on the side bar where this video lives - including a train ride across snow-covered Sweden!
Happy St. Lucy Eve!