Christmas in Norway
In Norway, a dozen days before Christmas, Santa Lucia Day is celebrated in family gatherings, churches, schools, day-care centers, nursing homes, and hospitals. In comes a procession of girls, led by a young girl dressed as Saint Lucy (the Lussibrud, or Lucy bride), with a white robe, a crown of lights on her head, and a candle in her hand. If the ceremony is in a village church, the finale of the service is not Silent Night but Santa Lucia — the same song popular in Italy but with Norwegian lyrics. As they sing, the children's choir with their leader wearing her crown of candles processes down the aisle and into the night, as if to spread light to the needy community. Here's a holiday slice of Norway from Rick's European Christmas TV special. (6½ min)
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