On St. Lucy day (also know as St. Lucia Day) is just around the corner on December 13! On this day, it’s a big tradition for the oldest girl in the family to dress in a white garment with a red sash (symbolizing martyrdom) with a St. Lucy crown on her head. She wakes up early and brings her family members sweet rolls (or ‘Lucia buns’) to their bed. Traditionally, this would be saffron bread (find the recipe here) but other sweet breads can be substituted.
We all know I’m not a cook, so in place of the saffron bread, we made out-of-the-can cinnamon rolls. It seems that an “S” shape is traditional, so I re-shaped the cinnamon rolls. A lot of St. Lucy bread seems to be garnished with dried cranberries, dates, or almonds- I was going to use raisins, but we were out.
It is said that St. Lucy wore a wreath on her head with candles in itto light the way as she brought food to the poor. We made our St. Lucycrown from construction paper- I didn’t want real fire on Lydia’s head.Lol! I cut strips from green paper and taped them in a loop the size ofher head. We taped on white rectangles for the candles, and I twistedpieces of yellow tissue paper for the “flames”. I had some extragreenery leftover from our advent wreath craft, so I hot-glued some leaves on. We made the whole crown while our bread was baking.
It’s also traditional to make your sweet bread in the shape of a braided wreath and put candles in it. Again, I braided straight-from-the-can cinnamon rolls and formed them into a circle.
After baking, I drizzled it with the icing and inserted white birthday candles. Yay for easy St. Lucy bread! (I made this wreath and the two sweet rolls all from just one can of cinnamon rolls.)