Host A Saint Lucia’s Day Brunch

St. Lucia Day Dress and Candle Crown

The start of the Christmas season in Sweden is December 13th: Saint Lucia’s Day. Though we’re a little late to the game, we still think it’s a fun tradition to try.

On this morning, a family’s eldest daughter dons herself as Saint Lucia in white gown, red sash, and lighted candle crown, and awakens her family with traditional song, warm drink, Lussekatter (saffron buns), and ginger biscuits.

The holiday festivities, occurring during one of Scandinavia’s darkest days of the year, symbolize the true hope and light that Christ brings to a dark world at Christmas.

Legend has it that Saint Lucia (or Saint Lucy), who lived in Sicily around 300 AD, bravely brought sustenance to persecuted Christians hiding in catacombs during the terror of Roman Emperor Diocletian. Hands full, she fashioned a crown of candles on her head to light her way through the dark underground.

Let Saint Lucia inspire your own celebration this December 13th. But instead of startling friends and family from their beds, invite them to a Saint Lucia’s Day brunch fitted with Lussekatter, gingerbread, hot chocolate, and your favorite breakfast foods!

St. Lucia Day Table Decoration for Brunch

Swedish Saffron Buns

St. Lucia Candle Crown

Baking St. Lucia Saffron Buns

St. Lucia Brunch Table Decorations

Saffron Buns for Brunch

St. Lucia's Day Gingerbread

Table set for Saint Lucia's Day

Hot Chocolate for Brunch

St. Lucia's Day Gingerbread & Brunch

Vintage Ginerbread Man Cookie Cutter 2

St. Lucia Gingerbread Cookies

Saint Lucia's Day Brunch Table

St. Lucy Day Candle Crown & Saffron BunsSaint Lucia Day Candle Crown and Dress

Saint Lucia Day Candle Wreath

We admire how Saint Lucia, a young woman about our age, selflessly brought light and nourishment to those in need. She challenges us to consider: how might we do the same?

Lussekatter (saffron bun) recipe found at Sprinkle Bakes. Gingerbread cookies mix from Betty Crocker.

Tutorial for Saint Lucia Candle Crown:

St. Lucia's Candle Crown Wreath DIY


Tutorial for Saint Lucy Candle Crown

Step 1: Measure a piece of floral wire around your head. Add a little extra length and twist excess ends of wire to form loop.

DIY Saint Lucy Candle Crown

Step 2: Weave sprigs of greenery under and over looped wire base. Secure with wire segments. Continue until crown is full.

DIY Saint Lucia Fresh Candle Crown

Tutorial for Saint Lucia

Step 3: Cut length of wire and wrap middle portion around candle to create a secure base. Position candle on inside of crown. Wrap remaining wire around boxwood branches, underneath leaves, to affix. Repeat for all candles.

St. Lucia's Day Crown Tutorial

We do not. Repeat: do not condone lighting the candles for obvious reasons. But, we couldn’t resist one shot.

St. Lucia Lighted Crown

 Saint Lucia, bringer of light.

Bethany Shaw

Contributor, Purdue Grad Her heart belongs to: Her Savior Jesus who turns her mourning to dancing, the deep rivered soul of her husband, and discovering the unique beauty in every individual Take her away to: The other side of the wardrobe


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