Every year on December 13 we celebrate St. Lucia Day. My husband has some Swedish blood in his family. Funny thing though, he didn't even know what St. Lucia Day was until I told him about it when we were first married.
I'm all about starting traditions and being cultural. Someday my kids will thank me for it.
I'd love to give you the history of the holiday. But it's bath night for my 3-year old, and I haven't fed the dog, and I don't even have the lights on the Christmas tree yet, and I have 40 Christmas card envelopes to address, and my kitchen is a mess ... and well, I'm just tired. So you can Google it if really want to know more.
But I will tell you that the holiday involves baking these Lucia buns.
I made 4 dozen this year.
(minus the one in the middle that was my "tester" bun. Yeah, I ate it.)
It's a yeast dough flavored with cardamom and shaped into an "S" and studded with raisins.
If you could walk into my house right now ... you'd trip over 3 pairs of shoes, a box of ornaments and a large plastic horse ... but you'd also smell these wonderful buns. Heavenly!
Now ... I have to go do all that stuff I mentioned above and then polish off at least 2 dozen of these yummy buns.
Happy St. Lucia Day!