Advent Challenge – Day 12 – St. Lucy II
Today is the feast of St. Lucy, a martyr of the church.
To celebrate the feast of St. Lucy, I made Lussekatter, a sweet saffron bun. They turned out really well, and the kids had a fun time helping. Unfortunately, I was out of raisins, so I had to use chocolate chips instead (oh noes!).
The saffron made the buns a beautiful yellow colour, reflecting her name, and while I have yet to see it stated anywhere, I’m assuming that the traditional backwards “S” shape for forming the buns with the raisins (or chocolate!) in the centre is meant to look like her eyes! St. Lucy is usually represented holding a plate with her eyeballs on it, because as the story goes, when she refused to marry a pagan, the man was so infuriated he had her eyes removed, but God restored them for her.
So, delicious treat, AND creepy too!
Tomorrow is the feast day of St. John of the Cross. I couldn’t find any traditions for this day, nothing at all, not one, nada. Get it? Nada?
Ok, in case you’re missing my terrible Catholic pun, St. John of the Cross lived in Spain at the same time as St. Teresa of Avila. After meeting her, he decided to become a Discaled Carmelite Friar (the first!) and aided in her reformation of the Order. He preached what is attributed to him as the doctrine of nada, which means “nothing” in Spanish. It is, in super quick summation, a total emptying of yourself leaving God Alone.
So what will I be doing to celebrate this great feast tomorrow? Nada? No, I’ll probably do something. Hold on to your hats until tomorrow folks!
What else we did for Advent today: