December 13 is the festival of St. Lucia (which I have described on this blog before).
Throughout Sweden, choirs of girls and boys dressed in white and bearing candles sing lovely songs about hope and comfort. And for a few moments, we stop and listen to the message they bring.
They sing about bringing light and hope to the darkness of winter;
About warmth and compassion in the heart of coldness.
Lucia is a time of lighting candles and remembering that we are like those candles –
A small thing, but one that can light the flame of another.
And as we give light to another, our own light increases –
Spreading the beauty, no matter how insignificant we are.
It’s about remembering that after the dark, the sun returns –
Just like we do.
(Oh – and it’s also about drinking spiced mulled wine and enjoying saffron buns!)
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