This is my personalized Saint Lucia gown, which I made for Saint Lucia Day this year. I wanted to create something that honored the tradition while incorporating my own style and aesthetic elements.
Saint Lucia Day is a beloved tradition in Sweden. The original Lucia was a 3rd century Italian girl who wore a crown of candles and brought food to those who were persecuted. Another legend says that in Varmland, Sweden, where my family lives, Lucia brought food to the starving villagers at Lake Vanern. St. Lucia Day is December 13, which was previously Winter Solstice on the old Julian calendar. On this day, the eldest daughter dresses up in a white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles and brings Lucia buns to her household.
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