Friday, December 13, 2019

Lucia!!



Happy St. Lucia's Day!!
To honor our Scandinavian heritage
our family is starting a new tradition and celebrating
this special holiday tonight with
 candles, food, and a visit from St. Lucia herself!

St. Lucia’s Day is a festival of lights celebrated in Sweden,
Norway, Denmark, and the Swedish-speaking areas
 of Finland on December 13 in honor of St. Lucia (St. Lucy).
One of the earliest Christian martyrs, St. Lucia was killed by the
 Romans in 304 CE because of her religious beliefs.

Lucia fed the hungry and needed both hands to distribute food,
so she made a crown of candles to help light the
 way to find the poor and needy.
 December 13th marks one of the
darkest days in the dead of winter and so this magical holiday
is a celebration of light and candles.
In Scandinavia, I've been told that school is let our early
so families can prepare for the holiday.
(I like that idea).

My hope tonight is that this "holiday of lights" will be a tradition
in the Nielson home for years to come.

Happy weekend to you!

Spiritual Enlightenment: Personal Peace
“At the birth of the Savior, a multitude of the heavenly 
host praised God and proclaimed, ‘Glory to God in the highest,
 and on earth peace, good will toward men’ ... .
“The Savior is the source of true peace. Even with the trials of life, 
because of the Savior’s Atonement and His grace, righteous 
living will be rewarded with personal peace.”
—Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles


PS...it's Friday the 13th.....