St. Lucia day marks the start of the Swedish Christmas" God Jul" celebration that lasts until the 13th oh January.
The eldest daughter in the house hold portrays the "Queen of Light" to help dispel the long dark winter days.
She is dressed in a white robe, with a wreath of leaves, berries and candles ( battery operated candles are now used) and she brings coffee & sweet treats to the other family mebers in bed.
Usually St. Lucia buns are one of the sweets. A yeast bun infused with Saffron and includes two raisins on the top of the bun.
Santa comes on December 24th in Sweden and the tree & decorations stay up until Jan.13th.