Santa Lucia, A Swedish tradition from my home to yours

Santa Lucia, A Swedish tradition from my home to yours

Santa Lucia Day
This was a favorite tradition in my home, my oldest sister would wear the white robe and bring “gooey rolls” and hot chocolate while singing the traditional Santa Lucia song.
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My father’s family is from Sweden and he learned the art of making his mother’s famous “gooey roll” recipe. He would gather all the pans in the house and make a super huge batch of rolls at a time, mixing and letting the dough rise, rolling it out on a large table, spreading the melted butter and cinnamon, and placing each roll in a pan that had been prepared with a homemade caramel sauce.
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The tasty aroma of cooking sweet rolls would waft throughout the house for hours as he baked pan after pan. Then they would cool on racks until they got packaged and placed in the freezer. A pan would be thawed for this special occasion.
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My sister would be woken up early in the morning of the 13th. She would put on the robe with a red sash and a wreath with real, lit, candles was placed on her head. In later years, my parents got a wreath with electric candles. That was just a bit safer! I remember waiting in eager anticipation as she came down the hall to my bedroom, singing and laughing with the tray of gooey rolls and hot chocolate.
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This beautiful video from Mora Sweden captures the ancient spirit of this tradition.
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Posted on: December 13, 2016admin

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