The community is invited to First Lutheran Church’s 58th annual Lucia Celebration on Saturday, December 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, 225 S. 3rd 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 Girl will be present. Crafts, “treasures,” and homemade bakery plus Tabor Lutheran’s Swedish Korv sausage will be available for sale.
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 December 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.
–First Lutheran Church