Join our digital lucia celebration!Published: 2020-12-11 02:58
And so we are finally here.
It is the middle of the Christmas month and on Sunday is the 13th of December when we celebrate the memory of Lucia – a bearer of light (and treats ;-))
On visitsweden.com this is written about the Lucia day:
Lucia Day – also called Saint Lucy’s day – can be traced back to the 4th century. A Christian feast day, it commemorates the martyr Lucia of Syracuse, who, as legend has it, brought food to Christians hiding in Roman catacombs, lighting her way with a candlelit wreath on her head.
Today in Sweden, Lucia is all about the choir singing and the school children singing and dressing up in long white gowns (and parents watching with their camera phones ready).
And of course; Drinking glögg (warm winter drink, often wine based) and eating gingerbread cookies and Lussekatter (an S-shaped saffron bun): An essential treat this time of year!
If you are new in Sweden or thinking about moving here you can read more here about the Swedish Lucia tradition.
As briefly mentioned in my last blog post Essity also has a Lucia tradition since many, many years (dating back to the 70’s actually)! Every year the Essity choir (called Fabrikören) sings a bunch of Lucia and Christmas songs in four-part harmony in front of up to one thousand Essity employees in the Gothenburg office reception.
Essity of course provides coffee, glögg and Lucia treats for everyone.
A great and much appreciated tradition, one of the highlights of the year!
I started working at Essity in August 2019 and within short I was part of the Essity choir. It was a bit daunting at first as all the fellow singers are so amazing but it all went well and it is so much fun to be a part of this fantastic group!
2020 was and still is a very special year where we have been forced to adapt our ways of living and adapt our traditions too. This was also true for the Essity Lucia celebration this year; it became a digital celebration instead.
The Essity choir has a ”fairy godmother”, our Swedish MD Christina Rydebrink, who gave us the opportunity to produce a wonderful digital lucia celebration instead of a psychical one. (Thank you Christina!)
And it turned out so very GREAT!
Take a look at the video here:
If you look closely you might see me there in the mix (hint hint, top row!) and if you look even more closely you might notice that I am, tada tadaaa, soon having a baby!
Thank you to all my fellow choir members for making this a celebration to remember and thank you to Lars and Cécile for superb organization and leadership around the project 🙂
Until next time, happy Lucia!!
(How do you celebrate?)