Hello, dear readers! Today is December 13, St. Lucia Day. Many of you are here thanks to the St. Lucia Blog Procession hosted by Heather at Audrey Eclectic. Thanks for stopping by! Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes is a little blog, mostly about children's books, but also about fun kids and family stuff in general.
For the last two years, my daughters and I have ventured an hour northwest to Lindsborg, Kansas, "Little Sweden U.S.A.," for their annual Lucia Fest. I was so excited that this year, the festival would actually take place on the actual date! However, plans do change. My oldest daughter (9) is dancing as a mouse in the big local production of The Nutcracker, for the first time. And she is dancing tonight. With morning rehearsal and everything, going to Lindsborg was no longer in the cards. If you would like to see photos and read about our previous trips, though, you may do so here and here.
I should tell you that I'm not Swedish, nor of much Nordic descent, as far as I know. I just love Christmas and adore celebrating all sorts of different customs. To gear up for St. Lucia Day, my little girls and I have been reading holiday books (here and here) that take place in Scandinavia, and playing with new ways to decorate our home.
I had other things planned to blog today. I thought I'd manage to buy a Lucia dress and wreath for the vintage Kirsten American Girl doll I found on eBay this year. I had one more beautiful book to blog about, The Christmas Wish, but I lost a day due to Nutcracker performances. (Amelie at Amelie's Bookshelf just wrote a post about it, though!) In the end, I thought I'd share the quiet morning I spent with Big Sis.
We had Lucia buns for breakfast!
We had to be up extra-early this Saturday morning, so we made our buns last night. I've made them before, and I thought I'd try another recipe. This one was simple, and tasted delicious.
|Saffron, milk, and sugar, heating on the stove.|
|Baking is fun. I keep a jar of yeast in the fridge.|
|After adding the yeast.|
|Big Sis thought this looked like a big ball of play-dough.|
|Brushing on some beaten egg.|
This morning, I heated the buns just a bit, then served Big Sis and myself at the table. We both had coffee - strangely enough, we had Gevalia on hand - although Big Sis's was mostly milk.
Then it was off to Nutcracker rehearsal!
Thank you for joining us today! Have a splendid St. Lucia Day, a very God Jul!, or at the very least, a beautiful weekend, whether you're celebrating anything or not.