Saint Lucia’s day.
Today is Saint Lucias day here in Sweden and Saint Lucia is the only catholic saint we Lutheran protestant people celebrate. Like most of our traditions it origines in Germany but has taken its own course up here. But I think I might write more about that tomorrow, today we look more at Lussi, an evil female demon that could punish people if she so wished. She existed here long before they even had heard about Saint Lucia here so there’s no connection between them even if the names are similar.
December thirteenth was believed to have the longest night of all during the year and today especially many beings were out walking so one had to be very careful about what one did. Today all preparations for Christmas should be done or Lussi might come and punish us. She came riding in the sky with her helpers Lussifreda and if children had behaved badly during the year she simply went down the chimney and took them with her on the ride and they never returned again. In some parts of the region I live it was a male demon instead called Lussegubben.
But tonight was a night when it was best to stay indoors all night since lots of things were out there, like giants. They are ancient and existed long before humans. In the nordic mythology they were the sworn enemies to the ancient gods of Asa together with something called Rimtrusarna, the giants of frost and the fire giants. Now days I’ve never heard of Frost or fire giants though.
They are of course gigantic and very rare now days since this country was christened. They don’t like the sound of church bells, it’s like knives in their ears and drives them to madness. So they have been known to throw huge blocks of stones towards the churches but so far I’ve never heard they ever hit a single church. Some people say that those blocks of stone were transported there by the ice sheet during the ice age but we all know better 🙂 They aren’t known for being smart but most of them are very kind, mostly they’ve been good friends to humans. But every now and again some of them get a taste of human flesh. But if they should hurt or kill a human it’s mostly because they are so big that they can’t see the human 🙂
It’s time to make a pot of tea and something to eat. I’ve decorated my little yule tree but I need an extra cord so I can plug in the lights. I’ll give You a taste of what it will look like in the end of this post. I was thinking of writing something else too today but You know how the brain sort of just erase some things 🙂
Have a great day!