Monday, December 13, 2010


Today is the day of Saint Lucia. This is a feast day generally celebrated in Sweden, despite it being the feast day of an Italian saint and Sweden being a protestant country. The origin of the Swedish celebration is probably that the night of Lucia was the longest night of the year in the final times when Sweden used the old Julian calendar. Since Sweden lies so far north, this is important.

According to old popular belief, animals could talk on the long night of Lucia. This is stupid, of course. Everybody knows that dogs can talk and write any time of the year, but that no others than humans and dogs can ever do this.

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