Four lighted candles, standing precariously upright on a wreath, hung from ribbons, swinging from the roof beam.
Not a typical holiday sight but normal for me since earliest childhood.
In the cradle is my new baby sister, a newborn from mid-November. The German Shepherd’s name is Lumpy. He is still a big puppy, acquired recently to get me used to the idea of sharing my parent’s attention with another being.
Above my father’s head is a wreath, hanging from four, red ribbons and holding 4 candles.
It is an Advent Wreath and I took these for granted growing up.
So much so that I drew one in one of my earliest knock off stories, a version of Rumplestiltskin.
Trust me, that is an Advent Wreath.
And my parents were not religious either. This was a custom that my dad had grown up with that he brought with him when he emigrated. Our candles were red, like most Protestants use.
She wears the ceremonial Chinese Santa Hat to do it.
I did not grow up with Swedish Lucia Day, but the similarities to the Advent Wreath are striking, so I include her in this round up of Wreathes, lit with Candles.
One of the prettiest images is this one by Carl Larsson, called Lucia 1908
Lucia traditionally bears a tray with sweet, saffron-flavoured buns (lussekatter) shaped like curled-up cats and with raisin eyes. You eat them with glögg or coffee.
Look how sweet these contemporary Lucias are–with their LED candles!
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