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Star Luminary and a Winter Festival E-Book Giveaway!

 I do behold the world,
Wherein there shines the sun,
Wherein there gleam the stars,
Wherein there lie the stones,
The plants, they live and grow,
The beasts they feel and move,
And man to spirit gives
A dwelling in his soul.
I do behold the soul
That lives within me.
Godโ€™s spirit lives and weaves
In light of sun and soul,
In heights of worlds without
In depths of soul within.
Spirit of God, to thee,
I turn myself and ask
That strength and grace and skill
For learning and for work
In me may live and grow.

~Rudolf Steiner
 Happy St. Lucia Day from Little Acorn Learning!
Each year we do our best to celebrate the seasonal festivals in our home.  This beautiful winter festival of light is one of my very favorites.  This year, I wanted to create something fresh and new to adorn our home with in the spirit of light and love.  Last night, I thought how beautiful it would be to make some sort of a Star Luminary and this is what I came up with.  ๐Ÿ™‚  It was not easy the way we did it but it could surely be simplified.  
We used roof flashing and cut it the size that would be right to create the cylinder part of the luminary.  We then used a pencil to outline simple shapes (moon, stars) and placed a piece of wood underneath the flashing laid out flat.  Using a hand drill, we carefully made holes outlining our shapes.  We also added holes to the edges and top to adhere the luminary together with flexible wire.  In addition we cut a top out for our project (this is not necessary and please be sure there is enough distance from the candle and enough ventilation).  After the designs were completed, we used the flexible wire to join the two sides together and then again on top, weaving in and out to join our top piece to the cylinder.  As you can see we added wooden stars we drilled holes in in order to  make it more artful.  
From Wikipedia:  
“Saint Lucia’s Day (sometimes Lucy for short) is the Church feast day dedicated to Saint Lucy and is observed on the 13th of December. Its modern day celebration is generally associated withSweden and Norway but is also observed in DenmarkEstoniaItalyLatviaFinlandHungaryMaltaBosniaBavariaCroatiaSlovakiaSpain and St. Lucia, West Indies.[citation needed] In the United States it is celebrated with cookies on the mantel in states for a large number of people of Scandinavian ancestry, often centered around church events.

A girl in the Lucia procession in Sweden, 2007

In traditional celebrations, Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets. It is one of the few saint days observed in Scandinavia. In some forms, a procession is headed by one girl wearing a crown of candles (or lights), while others in the procession hold only a single candle each.”

A traditional bread to make with the children this week to celebrate St. Lucia Day are these delicious St. Lucy Buns (remember that you can celebrate this festival ANY time this week – don’t worry if you missed it today).  
I’m excited about how this new project came out.  It is perfect to protect our favorite candle from the winter wind.  A great way to celebrate this week would be to enjoy an outdoor campfire and star gazing evening.  Maybe make a few hot cups of cocoa and bring your buns too?
During the day, our luminary is going to stay within our Advent wreath until Christmas morning.  
 

Sara has a beautiful post and simple star boy crown idea to help get you into the mood as well:  Love in the Suburbs

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Love and Light of Lucia to All!
xoxo

46 thoughts on “Star Luminary and a Winter Festival E-Book Giveaway!”

  1. Never heard of st. lucia before but we celbrate st. nicolas on teh 6th so this would be a good follow up lesson for my girl, she'll love the cookies idea and candles! I like that it's not necessarily a christian holiday I want to teach her of other cultures holidays

  2. Never heard of st. lucia before but we celbrate st. nicolas on teh 6th so this would be a good follow up lesson for my girl, she'll love the cookies idea and candles! I like that it's not necessarily a christian holiday I want to teach her of other cultures holidays

  3. We celebrated it this year with having a special dessert, wearing crowns and taking a night walk to see the stars and christmas lights!

  4. We celebrated it this year with having a special dessert, wearing crowns and taking a night walk to see the stars and christmas lights!

  5. We are just starting to learn more about all the winter holidays and look forward to celebrating st. Lucia with luminaries and testing out the buns, thanks!

  6. We have been celebrating St Lucia with the Covenant Church for the past several years. They definitely add more Jesus content to the celebration, but most of the congregation is not Swedish, and the tradition has been diluted. But, it looks like they might not continue doing the celebration.

    My father's mother's family came from Sweden. It's been important to me to have this tradition for my daughter. Next year, we will try to do a home celebration in a much more Swedish tradition. I will make saffron buns, and a candle wreath for my daughter. She loves to sing, so I expect she will arise without much effort on my part to fulfill her Lucia Duties!

  7. We have been celebrating St Lucia with the Covenant Church for the past several years. They definitely add more Jesus content to the celebration, but most of the congregation is not Swedish, and the tradition has been diluted. But, it looks like they might not continue doing the celebration.

    My father's mother's family came from Sweden. It's been important to me to have this tradition for my daughter. Next year, we will try to do a home celebration in a much more Swedish tradition. I will make saffron buns, and a candle wreath for my daughter. She loves to sing, so I expect she will arise without much effort on my part to fulfill her Lucia Duties!

  8. We have been celebrating St Lucia with the Covenant Church for the past several years. They definitely add more Jesus content to the celebration, but most of the congregation is not Swedish, and the tradition has been diluted. But, it looks like they might not continue doing the celebration.

    My father's mother's family came from Sweden. It's been important to me to have this tradition for my daughter. Next year, we will try to do a home celebration in a much more Swedish tradition. I will make saffron buns, and a candle wreath for my daughter. She loves to sing, so I expect she will arise without much effort on my part to fulfill her Lucia Duties!

  9. We have celebrated St. Lucia's Day for a number of years, despite having no Scandinavian descent in our family. This morning we read "Lucia and the Light" and our Lucia buns are in the oven cooking right now! Such a fun holiday!

  10. We have not celebrated this festival. We are in the middle of a move this year and its wreaking havoc with our rhythm. ๐Ÿ™

  11. We have not celebrated this festival. We are in the middle of a move this year and its wreaking havoc with our rhythm. ๐Ÿ™

  12. We make very simple lanterns (I love the one you made – so beautiful!) and bake cardamom cinnamon buns, but I would love to do more. So much in winter we are slowly discovering, bit by bit. There is so much to celebrate and learn about! Thank you for the opportunity!

  13. We make very simple lanterns (I love the one you made – so beautiful!) and bake cardamom cinnamon buns, but I would love to do more. So much in winter we are slowly discovering, bit by bit. There is so much to celebrate and learn about! Thank you for the opportunity!

  14. We make very simple lanterns (I love the one you made – so beautiful!) and bake cardamom cinnamon buns, but I would love to do more. So much in winter we are slowly discovering, bit by bit. There is so much to celebrate and learn about! Thank you for the opportunity!

  15. We enjoy making st lucia buns the night before. In the morning DD wears the crown of light(battery operated ) and serves them to us. We read St Lucia stories and do different Swedish crafts. We have a Swedish meal different every year. The kids enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. We enjoy making st lucia buns the night before. In the morning DD wears the crown of light(battery operated ) and serves them to us. We read St Lucia stories and do different Swedish crafts. We have a Swedish meal different every year. The kids enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. We enjoy making st lucia buns the night before. In the morning DD wears the crown of light(battery operated ) and serves them to us. We read St Lucia stories and do different Swedish crafts. We have a Swedish meal different every year. The kids enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. We have Swedish ancestors so we combined some of their family traditions with some of the history of Saint Lucy. We baked a favorite bread, made Italian-style hot chocolate, and took them with candles (tealights glued to watercolored star cutouts) to nearby friends. We sang an Advent hymn and explained we were sharing light, love and warmth as the days darken and we wait for the Light of Christmas. I told a simplified version of the Lucy legend combined with Christian view of Jesus as the Light. It was special for us to combine some of the church history with our family celebration.

  19. Our children celebrate St. Lucia day at school, but I'm inspired to celebrate it at home with the traditional story and perhaps a story about my maternal grandmother, who was Sicilian and named for Lucia.

  20. Our children celebrate St. Lucia day at school, but I'm inspired to celebrate it at home with the traditional story and perhaps a story about my maternal grandmother, who was Sicilian and named for Lucia.

  21. Our children celebrate St. Lucia day at school, but I'm inspired to celebrate it at home with the traditional story and perhaps a story about my maternal grandmother, who was Sicilian and named for Lucia.

  22. Wow, we have not celebrated this day in the past but your beautiful lantern has me inspired! I think we will do some paper bag luminaries around our yard. Thanks for your wonderful blog and inspired ideas!

  23. Wow, we have not celebrated this day in the past but your beautiful lantern has me inspired! I think we will do some paper bag luminaries around our yard. Thanks for your wonderful blog and inspired ideas!

  24. I know of St. Lucia day and in the past have lumped in the celebration with an advent spiral walk. This year we will celebrate by touring the lights around town and possible will bake some rolls or make a crown to go with it.

  25. I know of St. Lucia day and in the past have lumped in the celebration with an advent spiral walk. This year we will celebrate by touring the lights around town and possible will bake some rolls or make a crown to go with it.

  26. My friend is pretty awesome. She has shared so many special days with us that we have incorporated into our family. We celebrate Michaelmas every year by making dragon bread. We haven't really begun to celebrate this special day yet. I would love to read a children's book my friend has suggested and light some candles today.

  27. My friend is pretty awesome. She has shared so many special days with us that we have incorporated into our family. We celebrate Michaelmas every year by making dragon bread. We haven't really begun to celebrate this special day yet. I would love to read a children's book my friend has suggested and light some candles today.

  28. My friend is pretty awesome. She has shared so many special days with us that we have incorporated into our family. We celebrate Michaelmas every year by making dragon bread. We haven't really begun to celebrate this special day yet. I would love to read a children's book my friend has suggested and light some candles today.

  29. We have not celebrated this festival yet. I was not sure how it fit in our December celebrating. I would love to have some resourced to use for next year.

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