First Lutheran Church to hold Lucia celebration Dec. 8

Online Staff Report

The community is invited to First Lutheran Church’s annual Lucia Fest from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 8, at the church, 225 S. Third St., in Rockford’s Haight Village.

The event includes a Santa Lucia and her special guests, as well as a Treasure Table, baked goods, crafts, refreshments and continuous live music throughout the morning. Sixty loaves of Swedish rye bread made with a Lucia braid (cinnamon or cardamon flavored) will be available for sale, as well as Korv made by Tabor Lutheran Church.

Among the featured musical groups and musicians will be students from the Rockford Music Academy, the Windswept Quintet and the Bach Chamber Choir.

First Lutheran’s Lucia Day celebrates the Swedish Festival of Lights holiday. According to legend, Lucia was a medieval saint who carried food and drink to hungry people during a period of famine. She was seen dressed in a white gown with a crown of lights. In Sweden, the Lucia Day is celebrated in every home, school and workplace on the morning of Dec. 13. In the United States, churches with strong Scandinavian roots, like First Lutheran, continue to celebrate the holiday each December.

For more information about First Lutheran’s Lucia Fest, contact the church office at (815) 962-6691.

Posted Dec. 5, 2012

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