Academented Christmas, day the thirteenth – Lucia

Belated greetings for Saint Lucia. As a Swede (demonym for Sweden, not the root vegetable), December 13th is a day that I associate with a nearly unnecessary early morning, followed by singing/playing the violin to an audience in a Church or in care-homes for the elderly, and being given saffron buns for the trouble. All of this before school starting at 8.30am. Present-day me looks back at these traditions and laments being far worse at keeping a reasonable sleeping routine than little me. I leave you with this song from the televised “Lucia-morning” from a couple of years ago, that is a favourite of mine.


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