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Lucia Morning

It has been a mild week here.  The weather doesn't say "Christmas" at all.  I had to put up some lights on the porch to make myself feel more festive, even though time is moving quickly and we have been enjoying the daily progression.  I am thankful that, in spite of the weather, it still gets dark early.  I need that.  There are promises of snow for Christmas, a snowstorm, in fact.  I'd love that.

Posie Lucias

The morning that Willow waits for all year came today.  It was time to wear the white gown with the red sash and carry the tray with the buns.  Roan carried the tray, too, with different buns.  That is four.  I had been up since very early, making the buns and finding the necessities--crowns and sashes and a wee white dress and crown for Virginia.  She was up early, too, and sat waiting for the children.

Crown of Candles

It wasn't perfect.  It was messy and sometimes loud, but that is life.  Roan wants a more active role now, I can tell.  It is time to learn more about the Star Boys and add that element to our routine next year.  Maybe Laurel can join as a gingerbread man.  Or Roan could be the tomten in the progression . . . so many things to think about.

Buns and Paper Dolls

We did paper dolls this year, the same ones you see in many places on the internet.  It's the Kirsten doll from way back (they don't make her anymore--that might be an American Girl doll I could get behind!).  She is sweet, for sure, and I have spares in case of casualities.

Our Lucia

I think Willow does a wonderful job as our oldest child and Lucia.  I had to carry the dolls, dressed in their gowns, and Laurel on my back.  Willow praised the buns, though I am still searching for that perfect recipe.  I think saffron really is in order for next year.

I hear tires on the gravel.  They are home from a jacket-free romp in the woods.  Time to get the Swedish meatballs and buttered noodles going!


( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )
Dec. 14th, 2015 07:59 pm (UTC)
Reading your posts about Willow is like reading about myself at her age... so frequently in your posts I see the same interests, the same activities. It's a little... surreal in some ways.

I loved reading about this, I can just imagine your procession in my head. I think Willow did a wonderful job as Lucia too!

We had swedish Meatballs yesterday too.

Dec. 14th, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC)
How interesting! I love Swedish meatballs. We had cranberries in place of lingonberries.
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Dec. 19th, 2015 11:40 am (UTC)
I'll have to get the children to work on some Lucia pictures today and send them your way. Those little dolls came from the Posie Gets Cozy blog nine years ago, I think. I so enjoyed making them.
Dec. 19th, 2015 08:24 am (UTC)
I will have to show this to the girls! We read Kirsten's Suprise which is a lot about St. Lucia day which we didn't know a thing about. I see you figured out an alternative to lit candles on the head...I was wondering how we would go about that...
Dec. 19th, 2015 11:38 am (UTC)
We have that book and it is a nice story. :-) You would have such a nice procession if you were to try it at your house. Willow really wants a real Lucia crown, though most are sold with battery-operated candles. Waldorf schools, as you might imagine, use real candles. The girls place a cloth over their hair to keep the wax off, but I have seen several photos of girls with waxy hair. Such is the honor, though, that I imagine it is worth it.
( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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