On December 13 of each year, students will celebrate the Swedish festival of St. Lucia. This Scandinavian festival of lights brightens the dark days of midwinter and celebrates the life of St. Lucia– an Italian saint known for her kindness and love. In our celebration, the 8th grade students all dress in traditional white Lucia gowns and the oldest 8th grade girl dresses as St. Lucia and wears a crown of candles! The students then form a St. Lucia processional which visits each class, from the Kindergartens through 7th grade, singing Lucia songs and delivering ginger cookies– a traditional St. Lucia day treat. For the children, seeing the 8th grade students clothed in white silk and singing (like angels!) in procession behind Lucia is a breath-taking and beautiful sight. The second grade especially enjoys the experience, as the St. Lucia story is one they’ve been told as part of the second grade saints and fables curriculum.