Dear <<First Name>>,
This morning, we joined Scandinavian countries in celebrating Santa Lucia Day. 2nd Grade students and their Grade 6 buddies formed a procession to visit each of the classrooms and serve Lussekatt (saffron buns) to the classes and kaffe (coffee) or tea to the teachers. The lights were dimmed and the students carried candles to light their way as they softly sang. At the front of the line was 6th grader, Frankie M., dressed as Santa Lucia, a martyred Swedish girl who delivered food to those hiding in the dark catacombs during the Roman rule of the 3rd century. Just like Santa Lucia, Frankie wore a crown of lit candles atop her head, lighting the way through the darkness. In the old Julian Calendar, December 13 marked the Winter Solstice - the longest night of the year. As a symbol of hope, Santa Lucia Day celebrates the return of light, something especially important here in the north.