Santa Lucia Crown
St. Lucia Day is a family Advent tradition in Scandinavia and Italy. These crowns are worn by girls as part of their celebration of St. Lucy.
1. In Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Italy, Santa Lucia Day is part of the Advent season. On Santa Lucia (St. Lucy’s) Day, December 13, the eldest girl in the family wears a candle-lit crown, a white robe, and a red sash. She represents a medieval saint, Lucia, who carried food and drink to the hungry in Italy. Often families sing "Santa Lucia" and eat holiday treats.
2. Find Europe and the countries that celebrate Santa Lucia’s kind deeds on a world map. Research more about the foods and activities during this joyous holiday tradition in Advent. Prepare a sparkling picture of Santa Lucia to show what you learned. Here’s one way to create Lucia wearing a crown.
3. Use Crayola Gel Markers to draw a female face on black construction paper. On top of her head draw several white candles.
4. With Crayola Color Explosion™ paper and a color-reveal marker, draw and color leaves to form Lucia’s crown and imitation candle flames. Cut out the leaves and flames with Crayola Scissors. Glue them on the picture with Crayola School Glue.
5. Decorate the crown with Crayola Glitter Glue. Add sparkle to the top of your candles to make them look as if they were lit. Let the festivities begin!
Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.
Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.
Color Explosion™ Black—Wash hands well with soap and water after use.
Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.
- If possible, interview someone in your community who celebrates the holiday. Learn more details about how the tradition has changed over the years. For example, instead of candles, what safer lights are used today?
- Girls create 3-D crowns with Color Explosion. Males make St. Lucia Day Star Hats (another lesson plan on Crayola.com).
- Learn how to spell the names of European countries and their capitals. What languages are spoken in each country? For what are these countries well known? Hold a Scandinavian festival complete with Luciapepparkakor (ginger cookies) and singing.
- Write about your families’ December celebrations. What are the origins of these holidays? How are they similar to Santa Lucia Day? How do they differ?