St. Lucia Day Star Hat

St. Lucia Day Star Hat lesson plan

Celebrate December 13 with children and families in Sweden. It's Luciadagan, St. Lucia Day, when children serve coffee and buns to adults.

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    Find out about Luciadagan, or St. Lucia Day, which is a tradition followed in Sweden on December 13. On this holiday, the oldest daughter, called the Lucia bride, wears a crown of candles. Her sisters carry candles. Sons, called Star Boys, wear star hats. Children serve coffee and saffron buns to the adults in their family. Why is the day celebrated?

  • 2.

    To make a festive St. Lucia Day Star Hat, decorate poster board using Crayola® Metallic Crayons, Crayola Metallic Colored Pencils, and Crayola Glitter Glue. Dry.

  • 3.

    Roll the poster board into a cone large enough to fit your head. Glue the edges with Crayola School Glue. Trim off any uneven part at the bottom with Crayola Scissors.

  • 4.

    Cut out yellow construction paper stars. Decorate stars with glitter glue. Glue to your hat. Dry.


  • Students research information about St. Lucia Day, a tradition celebrated in Sweden to honor the Queen of Light.
  • Children construct a cone hat similar to those that are worn by Swedish boys when they take part in the Lucia procession.


  • St. Lucia Day celebrates the sun and represents the importance of light in the dark of winter. More advanced students might research light and how it affects the Earth and life. Find out how light is measured to integrate science and math.
  • St. Lucia Day marks the beginning of the Christmas season. Learn about varying winter holiday traditions in different countries and by various faith communities. Compare and contrast elements of these winter celebrations.
  • Reenact a St. Lucia procession similar to the tradition in Sweden. Discuss holiday safety.