12 KEEP­ING THE FLAME St. Lucia Fes­ti­val of Lights Chicago

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De­cem­ber 13

In the 3rd cen­tury, teenage Lucia be­came a mar­tyr (and even­tu­ally a saint) af­ter smug­gling food to Chris­tians hid­ing in Rome’s cat­a­combs. A crown of can­dles freed her arms for the task. Swe­den hon­ors Lucia’s legacy as a bearer of light De­cem­ber 13. Chil­dren rise early to sing songs and serve their fam­ily cof­fee and buns. Chicago’s An­der­son­ville rekin­dles the tra­di­tion with a can­dlelit pro­ces­sion. Girls in cos­tume walk through the his­tor­i­cally Swedish neigh­bor­hood, then gather in­side the Swedish Amer­i­can Mu­seum for singing. an­der­son­ville.org

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