Winter

Celebrating Santa Lucia Day in Italy

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Image courtesy of Madame Renard

Santa Lucia is beloved by the Scandinavian people, most especially the Swedish; however, Lucia was born, lived and died a martyr in Sicily.  December 13, Saint Lucia Day,  is celebrated still to this day in many parts of Italy and after three long years of sharing the Scandinavian celebration of this holiday on this blog I am so thrilled to finally be able to share in what ways the Italians celebrate. 

Celebrate St. Lucy Eve With Cookies and Model Trains!

Lucia by Hans Arnold

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!

Christmas Elves are Arriving Everywhere! Don't Miss the Yule Lads Arrival in Iceland!

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It is time! The first one will be showing up any minute now! And will be followed by twelve of his kin over the next 12 days!

Who? Why Jolasveinarnir of course! Also known as Yule Lads. From now til Christmas, one Jolasveinar will come down from his mysterious hiding place in the mountains of Iceland to join in the celebration and merriment of the holiday season. It is their happy task to seek out good children and leave them little treats.

Christmas Magic in Estonia

Town Hall and Town Hall Square at night during Christmas

Image of Tallinn, Esonia by tourism tallinn.ee

Tallinn, Estonia! Many sources point to this tiny corner of the world as the birthplace of the Christmas Tree traditions.

Five Beautiful and Meaning Filled Polish ChristmasTraditions

Kathy, a Polish American living on the east coast of the US with her husband and three children, shares her adventures while raising three year old twins and making delicious, child friendly recipes on her blog Polwig.com. Part of her family lives here in the States and part in Poland. 

To see just how close her ties are to Polish traditions, read this recent post in which she shares amazingly beautiful images of her Mother's Thanksgiving Feast. Don't miss this - go visit - you will be so glad you did! Most likely you will be wishing, as am I, that you were on the guest list!

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