Northfield's 45th Lucia Fest Celebrated at Home

The 45th Annual Lucia Fest was not held in person this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the Northfield Swedish Club invited local families to celebrate the Swedish Christmas season safely in their own homes.

The event is typically held the Friday before Lucia Day (December 13), and includes a potluck supper, a pageant with Lucias and their attendants, the singing of Christmas carols, and folk dancing around the Christmas tree.

Five young women were selected to serve as this year's Lucias. They are:

• Libby Brust, a senior at Northfield High School. "I haven't finalized my college plans yet, but I plant to study either microbiology or biochemistry next year. I've enjoyed participating in the Sankta Lucia celebration for many years, and my favorite Scandanavian holiday tradition is decorating gingerbread houses."

• Brooke Green, a senior at Roseville High School. "I started participating in Santa Lucia with my cousins when I was 7 years old. I love how it brings my family and our friends together to celebrate our Swedish heritage. After watching my cousins be Lucia and seeing pictures from when my mom was, it is super special that I had the opportunity to wear the candles myself, even though it looked different this year."

• Teagan Green, a senior at Roseville High School. "This is my 10th year participating in Santa Lucia. I love Santa Lucia because I get to spend time with my family and celebrate a part of my culture!"

• Sylvia Koenig, a senior at Northfield High School. "Next year I will be attending and playing volleyball at Miami University in Ohio. I have been doing Sankta Lucia for as long as I can remember. It has always been so much fun and a great way to celebrate our Scandanavian roots!"

• Elsa Nystrom, a senior at Northfield High School. "Although I can't do all my normal Christmas traditions this year, I still get to help my mom make my favorite holiday breakfast, a Swedish tea ring. My family has strong Scandanavian roots, hence the blonde hair, so I've been celebrating Santa Lucia every year since I can remember! Even though I'm not a great singer."