WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Scandinavian Holidays around the Christmas tree and sing carols before opening gifts on Christmas Eve," proclaims Lise. For many Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, and Swedish-speaking Finns, Saint Lucia Day on December 13th — the shortest day of the year according to the pre-1753 calendar — is an important Christmas festivity. Lucia, the Queen of Light, wears a bright white dress with a bright red sash and a crown of glowing candles atop her head as she leads a procession of several boys and girls holding candles in their hands. The children serenade with seasonal songs and serve baked goods and coffee. In family celebrations, Lucia is typically the eldest girl, but in day care, school, church, and workplace celebrations, every girl who wants a turn gets a chance to be Lucia. Historically in Scandinavia a new day started in the evening, so it's not surprising that the biggest Christmas celebration for Finns, Danes, Swedes, Norwegians, and Icelanders occurs on Christmas Eve day. While the Christmas meal varies somewhat country by country, you'll We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 find some preparation of marinated and cured fishes, meatballs, ham, â€Ĥa Danish Christmas is all about creating cozy family times. – Lise Wedel / Dane The Manse family from Sweden enjoys Christmas lunch on December 24th. 120

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