St. Lucia Day is a Swedish holiday on December 13th. Because of the long, cold, dark winters, Swedes welcome this holiday of light. Legend tells us of a lovely, Christian girl from Sicily who risked her life in order to feed the persecuted Christians who were hiding in the catacombs. Because her tray was so filled with provisions, she needed to put candles in a wreath on her head to light the way. We remember this holiday by dressing up in a long white nightgown, with an artificial crown of lights on our heads and pepparkakor for each child.
Pepparkakor Cookies (Ginger Cookies)
By: Phyllis Stanley
1 cup softened butter
2 Tbsp dark corn syrup
2-4 Tbsp heavy cream
3 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
3 tsp each of ginger, cinnamon & cloves
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- With a dough hook, mix together the ingredients.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Roll and cut into heart shapes. Place on greased cookie sheets or cover cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Cool and then decorate.
I remember going into my daughter's room night after night and kneeling beside her bed and crying my heart out to God because I didn’t know how to be a Christian mom; I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. You know what? God is so faithful! He answered me and simply said, “Spend time with me, Deb.” And so I did. I began arising 15-30 minutes earlier each day so I could read my Bible and pray, and plan out my day with my family.
If there was one thing I would love to share with you is that God is personal and loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by our amazing God! Come as you are! His loving presence can be practically known and experienced. He is not a God who is far away, He is near and easily found. He longs for you to come to Him!
Randy and I have been married for 28 years and we have two grown children, Christie, and Jack, and one answer to prayer son-in-law named Alex. And now I get to be a Gigi to my sweet little grandbaby, Aspen! Yay!
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