December 13th is the feast of St Lucy, or Santa Lucia as she is known in Europe. Her story involves her bringing light to the people hiding in the Roman catacombs, and especially in Scandinavia, she represents light in the long dark winters. A procession of maidens wearing wreaths with candles in proceeds through the church while the Santa Lucia song is sung.
At our Christmas Party last year our friend Tim won the Santa quiz so had the prize of dressing up in a Santa Lucia costume. What a good sport!