Although myths abound, written accounts about Santa Lucia “the saint of light”, or Lucia of Syracuse, tell us that she was martyred for her faith in A.D. 304 at the age of 20, after having distributed much of her dowry to the poor. Many countries celebrate Santa Lucia’s generosity and bravery with varying traditions, ranging from lighting bon fires and having feasts to singing songs and bringing food to others.
At Great Oak School, we follow the Swedish tradition which has students singing songs, wearing candles in wreaths, and sharing Santa Lucia rolls. Second Grade students lead this festival. Wearing white robes, they visit the early childhood classes and all of the other grades classes to sing traditional Swedish songs and distribute Santa Lucia rolls.