St. Lucia Day Star Hat
Celebrate December 13 with children and families in Sweden. It's Luciadagan, St. Lucia Day, when children serve coffee and buns to adults.
1. Find out about Luciadagan, or St. Lucia Day, which is a tradition followed in Sweden on December 13. On this holiday, the oldest daughter, called the Lucia bride, wears a crown of candles. Her sisters carry candles. Sons, called Star Boys, wear star hats. Children serve coffee and saffron buns to the adults in their family. Why is the day celebrated?
2. To make a festive St. Lucia Day Star Hat, decorate poster board using Crayola® Metallic Crayons, Crayola Metallic Colored Pencils, and Crayola Glitter Glue. Dry.
3. Roll the poster board into a cone large enough to fit your head. Glue the edges with Crayola School Glue. Trim off any uneven part at the bottom with Crayola Scissors.
4. Cut out yellow construction paper stars. Decorate stars with glitter glue. Glue to your hat. Dry.
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.
Costumes & Masks— CAUTION: When children wear hand-crafted costumes and masks, make sure the crafts do not obstruct the child’s vision, hearing, or impede movement. Do not use feathers, fabric, or raffia on wearable costumes and masks because these items do not pass costume flammability tests. Wearable masks are those held in place on the face with elastic, yarn, or other materials. Keep away from open flames.
Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.
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.
- St. Lucia Day celebrates the sun and represents the importance of light in the dark of winter. More advanced students might research light and how it affects the Earth and life. Find out how light is measured to integrate science and math.
- St. Lucia Day marks the beginning of the Christmas season. Learn about varying winter holiday traditions in different countries and by various faith communities. Compare and contrast elements of these winter celebrations.
- Reenact a St. Lucia procession similar to the tradition in Sweden. Discuss holiday safety.