I found a yummy sounding recipe for Santa Lucia bread and thought we'd give it a try this morning. It was a real collective effort. I measured all the ingredients and Julian helped me mix them together and then everyone had a hand at kneading the dough.
It didn't rise properly though so I think I may have killed the yeast when I unwittingly poured some scalding milk into the yeast mixture (don't do that). But I baked it anyway and it still turned out pretty okay. It certainly was pretty ;0)
Oh, and there was crafting too (thank you Kiddley archives)! According to Santa Lucia tradition, the eldest daughter wears a crown of leaves and candles on her head while boys wear pointy hats with stars. But since we have no daughters and the dunce-like boys caps just didn't have the right pizazz for our two, we decided to make ourselves some crowns anyway.
I cut out leaves from sticky craft foam and everyone helped to stick them onto the crowns. Then came some pompom berries, popsicle stick candles and feather flames. What a glorious way to craft away a snowy December morning!
We put it all together with a feast right out of Ikea's grocery section: swedish meatballs, cream sauce, lingonberry jam and cider and some fries and salad to round it out. Perfect! The boys especially liked the little plastic wine glasses filled with apple and lingonberry cider.
Our bread wasn't ready in time for lunch (I was giving it more time to rise but it really didn't want to) so we had it picnic-style around our tree during our advent stocking celebration at the end of the day. It was pretty good and the perfect sweet ending to a wonderful day feast day ;0)
Happy Santa Lucia!