|I love the shepherd peeking in at the window|
A few years ago, when my niece was a teen, she made little Swedish Lucia and Stjerne Gutt (star boy) figures. These little figures have also become a part of my Nativity scene.
Star Boy has suffered through the years, and his star wand has been glued and taped together countless times. Lucia has fared better.
Last weekend my family celebrated the Lucia festival with other Scandinavians. They live in another state, so I only got to see photos of my youngest nephew in his star boy costume. Which the kids jokingly refer to as their "dresses and dunce caps" (see my post on 12/16/11).
The Star boys and Lucias are all part of a Norwegian, Swedish and Danish Christmas - a holdover from pagan times when they served as a reminder that the dark times of winter would evenutally give way to light. I think the idea of the triumph of light over darkness was appealing to early Christians.
|Trust me, the teeth marks are there, just not visible in the photo.|
It appears that the symbols of Christmas also had a certain appeal to a little kitty boy who lives at my house! I'm going to have to have a talk with that little boy. Jack? You got some 'xplaining to do!