St Lucy is the big focus this morning in Scandinavia, especially Sweden, as well as Siracusa, Naples and Venice.
There will be outdoor processions in Sicily, Gran Canaria and Helsinki.
The Lucia figure is appearing with her crown of lighted candles reminding us of how the saint lit the way helping persecuted Christians along secret tunnels before her martyrdom in Sicily.
She has become a herald of Christmas and an example of the possible cost of following Baby Jesus .
Lussicatter, or Lucy Cat buns, which are said to look like cats are eaten all over Sweden at breakfast.
- Keeping Advent & Christmas is available from Wordery at £6.96 special price + free delivery.