Lussinatta Lussi Night or Saint Lucy's Day
Country: Norway, Sweden and Swedish-speaking regions of Finland
When: Night of December 13th
Mythology: In the pre Gregorian calendar, the Winter Solstice fell on the night of the 13th, where the darkest night of the year, would hold the most fears; especially from the Lussi, a Witch accompanied by a host of supernatural beings named the Oskorei; who would punish a family’s lack of winter preparation, by descending down the chimney to steal children. Once Christianity had taken hold in Scandinavia, the tradition morphed into its present form of the martyred Saint Lucy, where young girls are chosen to represent their towns; wearing a white gown, with a red sash, and a headdress wreath of lighted candles. The practice of Lussivaka,staying alert all night to ward off the evil that could visit on the night of the 13th; is also still practiced in an altered form, as an all night celebration, which ends at sunrise.
Image is orginal Inspired by the Christmas mythology and comes on a wooden slice and hung with ribbon, the text of the myth as above is also displayed on the back of the ornament.
The Folklore of Christmas. Lussinatta
Size various: Approximately 4" Height x 4" Width