By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Annual Swedish Sankta Lucia celebration

Atlanta’s Nordic Lodge #708 will present its traditional Sankta Lucia celebration on Sunday, the 13th of December, 2015 at 6pm in the Winters Chapel United Methodist Church located at 5105 Winters Chapel Road, Atlanta, GA 30360. Free parking is available, but seating is limited.

This candlelit, music-filled celebration will consist of traditional and contemporary Swedish Christmas music. The evening will feature the St. Lucia choir with children, women and men from the Swedish community. The performance will be conducted by Mia Peters with piano accompaniment by Rand Lines.

lucia 190The St. Lucia tradition is celebrated on December 13 in Sweden and to some extend also in Finland. A young Lucia wears a long white gown with a red sash and a crown of lighted candles and is attended by a group of singing attendants in festive holiday costumes. Lucia would offer saffron buns and gingersnaps as well as coffee to everyone she saw in that December morning.

After the celebration a reception featuring coffee and sweets will be offered in the Fellowship Hall of the church.

Admission is free but donations are welcomed. For more information, contact Jan Rygert. 770-977-8537 or email: rygert@bellsouth.net.