Yesterday we talked about who St. Lucia was and why we celebrate her. We also talked about some St. Lucia’s Day traditions and recipes.
Today I’ll be sharing even more fun ideas on how to make this Saturday more than just another Saturday.
First up, let’s talk about the most important part of this Saint’s day; giving. Similar to St. Nicholas’ Day, giving is a major part of St. Lucia’s Day. Remember how St. Lucia took baskets of food and supplies to the Christians hiding in the catacombs in ancient Rome? She wore a wreath of candles on her head to light the way so she could use both hands to carry goods. She risked her life to help those in need.
When I was a kid, each person in my family would pick one person or family they wanted to give to. We’d make our list, then get gift bags ready. We usually put in some baked goods, a small gift like a candle or a flashlight (to reinforce the theme of light) and some other treats like popcorn and fruit. Then we’d make each person/family a card and explain about the holiday. On December 13th we’d go around to each house and present them with the gift. We did this for several years and since I come from a big family we reached out to a lot of people this way. Everyone was always very surprised and seemed touched that we thought of them.
Even though this is probably the busiest time of the year for you and your family, taking time to do these things will help you to celebrate Christmas in a meaningful way and look past all the materialistic things we get so consumed with this season.
Here is a list of some things to include in your gift bag or basket:
- Baked goods (mini loafs made in disposable tins are perfect)
- Fruit (oranges are great)
- Popcorn (homemade or a few Orville Reddenbacher bags)
- A candle
- A flashlight and batteries
- A grocery store gift card (if you know someone who would really use it)
- Pretty soap bars
- Candy canes
- A handmade card explaining the holiday and signed by your family
So you’ve had your breakfast feast, your gift bags are prepped and ready to go later on, now what?
Don’t let the fun stop after breakfast. There are so many activities to keep your bunch entertained until the last light on St. Lucia’s Day.
Let’s start with crafts:
1. Print and cut out these adorable Kirsten paper dolls
Go HERE then just hit ctrl+p to print. Cut out and enjoy.
2. Make St. Lucia peg dolls
Go to Posie Gets Cozy and follow the instructions.
3. Make a paper Lucia crown or Star Boy hat
You can find a tutorial from Kiddley or get creative and make your own design.
4. Decorate tealights
Buy a bag of unscented tea lights and a few rolls of pretty Washi tape at Walmart and go nuts. This is very fitting with the theme of St. Lucia’s Day and P.S. would be perfect for your gift baskets.
5. Color a picture
You can find this one HERE or do a search to find even more.
There’s more to do besides crafts:
6. Learn the St. Lucia song
This song is traditionally sung at the St. Lucia celebration in Sweden. Listen and see a performance HERE. Then look at the lyrics to understand the meaning of the song and maybe even sing along.
This website compares the Swedish and English lyrics side by side.
7. Learn to say Merry Christmas in Swedish and other languages
This website has more about St. Lucia and shows you how to say Merry Christmas in many languages. Have a contest to see who can remember the most.
8. Make Play Doh St. Lucia buns
Go to Making Learning Fun for a printable Play Doh mat with a St. Lucia bun template.
9. St. Lucia puzzle
Another cute idea from Making Learning Fun
10. Read a book
There are lots of books out there about St. Lucia. You can order this one from Amazon or maybe even find some at your local library. If nothing else, you could read a kid-friendly article or brief history online.
Then, if you want even more to do, make your own book with drawings and coloring pages and write the story in your own words.
I hope this post has inspired you to celebrate St. Lucia’s Day in new and exciting ways. I can tell you from personal experience it made my childhood that much more magical. I’d love to hear from you about how you celebrate St. Lucia’s Day or how you plan to in the future. Take some photos this weekend of you and your family and let me know how your celebration goes, what your kids thought and if you tried any of these ideas.
Until then, keep checking back for more ways to add some wonder to your week.
P.S. Read yesterday’s post for even more ideas and how to make your breakfast feast.