Lucia Festivity of Light will be Dec. 14

STRATFORD – The annual Lucia Festivity of Light will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Stratford Lutheran Church, sponsored by the Swedish Foundation of Iowa’s Swede Bend Settlement Inc.

The program will include the introduction of one Lucia candidate (minimum age 16) representing their ancestors’ settlement, from each of the 11 North Central Greater Swede Bend Swedish communities in Webster, Boone and Hamilton counties.

Each candidate’s name will be entered three times in the drawing bowl. The name of one of the candidates will then be drawn to determine the new 2013 Lucia. The name of a first runner-up will also be drawn.

This year’s Lucia festivity is under the direction of Carol Sackrison Larson.

Children ages 6 through 15 will be invited to participate in the Lucia procession train and program). Registration forms for each child’s participation will be available in the Swedish Immigrant Museum, or from Larson. Parental permission is needed.