Scandinavian Christmas Crown

Scandinavian Christmas Crown craft

Crown your family's St. Lucia on December 13 and celebrate the holiday season with a Swedish tradition.

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    In Sweden, the Christmas season begins with Saint Lucia Day on December 13. St. Lucia (St. Lucy of Sicily) is the patron saint of light, known for bringing food during famine. On this dark winter morning, the oldest girls in their families dress in white robes with red belts. They wear wreaths of lingonberry (an evergreen bush that grows in Scandinavia, symbolizing new life) with candles atop them. Singing carols, the St. Lucias serve sweet buns and coffee to their families.

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    Create your own make-believe St. Lucia crown. Ask an adult to use Crayola® Scissors to cut out the center of a sturdy paper plate to fit like a wreath on your head. Wrap green tissue paper around the plate. Attach with Crayola School Glue. Dry.

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    Gently draw on the tissue paper with Crayola Washable Markers to make the paper look like evergreen branches. Decorate with ribbon and Crayola Glitter Glue. Dry.

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    To make pretend candles for the wreath, fold round, white coffee filters in half twice. Run a line of glue along one edge. Tightly roll the other edge toward the glued edge to make a thin cone shape. Dry.

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    Color the points of these imaginary candles with markers. Spray with water to blend colors. Add sparkle with glitter glue. Dry.

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    Make a slit at the bottom of each imitation candle. Bend ends apart to form a base and glue to wreath. Dry. Wear your imaginary wreath for a happy Little Yule!