Since 2008 (look how little my girls were back then!) I’ve been baking Saint Lucia’s Braided Bread for the feast of Santa Lucia Day. About five year’s ago one of our daughters started baking the traditional Lussekatter each year as well to add to our celebration of her nameday, the feast day of St. Lucia who is one of her patron saints. Since these lightly sweet S-shaped rolls resemble a cat’s curled tail, the Swedish name for these rolls is lussekatter, which means “Lucia cats.” The Lucia comes from the fact that they are served on St. Lucia’s Day (Dec 13).
Our two toddlers came down with croup this past week, and our older children have been fighting off colds too, so I sent our daughter to bed early to get some extra sleep while I took care of the baking.