Paint and Color St. Lucia Themed Wooden Coloring Board | 9” x 12”
A fun and easy way to make a work of art. With a line drawing printed onto wooden board as the jumpstart, all you need to bring is your natural sense of creativity. No need to buy a frame, this 9x12" sturdy wooden board can be hung or stood on a shelf when completed. I call it the next generation of coloring pages.
Lucia was an Italian girl, born in Sicily in the 3rd century A.D. It was a time when the Romans were persecuting Christians, and Luciaís family was Christian. When her father died, Lucia vowed to remain unmarried and to serve God, but since she didnít tell anyone about this vow, her widowed mother went ahead and promised her in marriage to a non-Christian suitor. Lucia said no thanks, and she proceeded to give her dowry away to the poor. The young manís pride was severely injured, so he reported Lucia to the Roman authorities and she was tried and convicted of being a Christian. The judge decided she was to be sold into slavery. When the soldiers came to take her away, they were unable to move her! Rather than being awed by this, they proceeded to pour oil over her and set her on fire. The oil burned - Lucia did not! Still unimpressed, the soldiers beat and tortured her and tried to get her to deny her Christian faith, but she refused. So they stuck a sword into her throat and that did kill her. She died a martyrís death on December 13, 304 A.D. For her faithfulness, she was made a saint.
How did a Sicilian saint become a part of Swedish tradition? Legend has it that in the Middle Ages, a Swedish province was experiencing a terrible famine and people were starving to death. On the longest night of the shortest day of the year - which also happened to be St. Luciaís Day, December 13th - a light suddenly appeared on Lake Vanern. It was a large white boat filled with food, and at the helm was a beautiful young woman in a white gown wearing a crown of lights. Lucia had come to rescue the Swedes! As soon as the ship was unloaded, it disappeared.
Swedish custom is that on Santa Lucia Day, mother and children get up very early in the morning to make the traditional Lussekatter (rolls made with saffron) and Luciapepparkakor(ginger cookies). The oldest daughter portrays Lucia dressed in a long white robe with a red sash with a crown of lit candles on her head. She carries the tray of food as she leads the procession of mother and the other children who sing the traditional Santa Lucia song as they march to the fatherís room.
Traditionally, miracles can happen at midnight on the eve of St. Luciaís Day and animals may talk. ---Adapted from Ziononline