One of my favorite childhood traditions, was one that my great grandma brought with her when she came to the Unite States from Sweden at the age of 19. Saint Lucia Day is December 13th and it is a celebration of light. You can look up the background of it, and it’s quite interesting, but not what I want to focus on here. December 13th is the shortest day of the year and marks the time where there starts to be more and more light each day. In Swedish tradition, the oldest daughter wears a crown of lighted candles and serves the family Saint Lucia buns and coffee (or hot cocoa, as the tradition was for our family).
At this time of year, we are surrounded by mesmerizing lights from Christmas trees to candles to lighted decorations on houses. The lights are one of my favorite things about the Christmas season. I love the way they shine in the darkness and the reminders they can give us:
- Light can chase away the darkness spreading goodness in the darkest of days.
- Light can guide us through the darkness, showing the way forward.
- Light can bring us peace and hope.
Jesus Christ is the one true light that can bring us all of this good. I am thankful for Him and for the reminder that He is the Light of the World everywhere I look during this Christmas Season. My prayer is that you may feel His peace, hope, goodness, and guiding hand in your life this Christmas season and always!