Today is Santa Lucia Day. When I pack backed around the world this was on the high points being in Sweden for Santa Lucia Day which is one of the most important days on the Swedish calendar.  The holiday honors a young Christian girl martyred in ancient Rome, Lucia is always seen with a halo of lights around her head. Today you’ll see at celebrations around Sweden girls wearing crowns of candles a glow.

For Swedes Santa Lucia Day is the true start of the Christmas season.