I am joining Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday and I am celebrating the Swedish Feast of St. Lucia with my tablescape.
Although St. Lucia Day is not an official holiday in Sweden it is a popular celebration marked by a ceremony where a girl is elected to portray St. Lucia, wearing a white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles on her head, she walks at the head of a procession of girls, each holding a candle. The candles represent the fire that refused to take St. Lucia's life when she was sentenced to be burned. The girls sing the traditional Neapolitan song Santa Lucia.
After this song is sung, Christmas carols are then sung in Swedish. St. Lucia Day is celebrated on December 13. Since my husband's roots are Swedish and St. Lucia Day fell on Sunday this year I decided to invite the family and celebrate in Swedish fashion.
I used the traditional red and white colors of St. Lucia Day for my centerpiece, and I used the red tulips that my husband bought for me and I put them into three small white vases. I hung three red heart ornaments on the vases.
I used my Johnson Brothers Christmas tree plates and Castle plates, and since there were too many guests for a sit-down dinner, I set everything up buffet style.
We feasted on Swedish meatballs, lada, gravy, lingonberry perserves, two different cheeses, crackers and crispbread.
And for dessert my husband made Aland pankake served with a choice of lingonberries, applesauce, fresh fruit, powdered sugar, or whipped cream. He also made individual pumpkin/cheesecake muffins, and we had heart shaped pepparkakor cookies (Swedish gingersnaps).
I like my pankake topped with whipped cream and a few raspberries.
Some of the pumpkin cheesecake muffins were topped with cinnamon sugar and some were topped with powdered sugar and raspberries.
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(And just in case anyone is interested in any of the recipes they are listed HERE)