The community is invited to First Lutheran Church’s 55th annual Lucia Celebration from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 14, at the church, 225 S. Third St., in Rockford’s Haight Village. Admission is free.
The traditional Kaffe Kalas includes coffee, breads, cookies, toast, cheese and more. Santa Lucia and the Candy Boy and Candy Girl will be present, with live musical entertainment provided throughout the morning.
Homemade Swedish Orange Rye, Cinnamon and Cardamom braids, and additional tasty treats will be available at the bakery table, with other tables featuring Tabor Lutheran’s homemade Swedish Korv sausage, Mosaic’s Jumping Monkey coffee, homemade crafts, and “forgotten” treasures. Woodcarvers will also be present.
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 about First Lutheran’s Lucia Fest, contact the church office at (815) 962-6691.
Posted Dec. 11, 2013