The holidays are a time of traditions. Traditions that have been passed from generation to generation that today make our families as unique and special as can be. Today we are featuring a gorgeous example of tradition with this Santa Lucia, or Lucia, Child of Light Party from Christina, of 4 Kids Cakes. Christina beautifully exemplifies her Swedish heritage with her exquisite, custom sweets, thoughtful use of traditional decor and classic Santa Lucia garb and creates an enchanting holiday party fit for this festive season!
Be sure to keep an eye out for some of our favorite party features:
- Gorgeous, Santa Lucia Robe and Crown
- Adorable Holiday Wreath Cake Pops
-Sweet, Swedish Saffron Buns
-Creative Custom Santa Lucia Printables
-Colorful Christmas Party Crackers
We all have traditions we grew up with. Most often we include those traditions around the holidays. For our family, we honor my Swedish heritage. Having an American Dad & a Swedish Mom, we had a fun mix of the two cultures at Christmas time. One of my most favorite traditions is the Santa Lucia or Child of Light. In Sweden, by tradition, she is the eldest daughter of the family, who, at early dawn during the weeks before Christmas, appears at her parents chambers wearing a long white gown with a red sash & a crown of lighted candles in her hair. She brings hot coffee & sweet saffron buns (we opt for hot cocoa or apple cider at our house). She is escorted by the Stjärngosse or Star Boy(s). He also wears all white. The Star Boy(s) keep busy during the holiday season by singing carols and escorting Lucia through many Christmas celebrations. He is often seen carrying a tall star-tipped wand while singing. This is often celebrated on December 13th.
Now being in America, I wanted to share this tradition with our children. Our Lucia girl wore my gown from when I was a child, and I believe my Mother wore it as well when she was young. We added Barefoot Sandals from PinkBearBoutique to finish off her outfit. We switched it up for the boys a bit – having pajama’s made by Brenda of Great Stitch. The pants were covered in tiny gold stars, with the shirts having a gold star over their pockets. Carrie from SarletHarlow pulled their outfits together with her custom made star wands. Both the felt crown of candles & star hat from Mindful Stitching completed their looks. We ordered a Lucia outfit on Etsy for the American Girl doll our little girl already had.
Wanting to have all finger type foods, we paired both traditional foods & fun desserts. We used my Mormor’s (grandmother) recipe for Safron buns. I grew up calling them Swedish cinnamon rolls. 4KidsCakes made the cake pops look like wreaths with bling sticks from Painting Paris Pink & accented with the giant glittered red sprinkles as the berries from Roni’s Sugar Creations. 4KidsCakes also provided the peppermint chocolate Macaron’s, individual banana breads, and mini red-velvet cake cups, Pepparkaka (Swedish ginger thins), & Sweet Themes sugar cookies finished off the treats.
Thank you Christina for sharing this gorgeous Lucia, Child of Light Party! We just adore every detail and are truly captivated by both the details and story behind this beautiful party!
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