On December 13, St. Lucia Day is celebrated in Sweden. Kiddo and New Kid helped me make the traditional lussekatter, or saffron bun. When New Kid saw the S shape he thought we were making the alphabet so we made a couple of As, but with the raisins they look like Å, so it's still appropriate, yes?
The S shapes are actually called a cats (katter), probably because they are reminiscent of cats' curling tales. These buns are so delicious, don't let the Dec. 13th deadline stop you from making them. You can find the yummy recipe through an internet search, but we used the recipe in Beatrice Ojakangas' Scandinavian Feasts.
Incidentally, even though my maternal family is from Sweden we never celebrated this holiday. I only recently found out why. St. Lucia Day was not widely celebrated until the1920s. Since my grandparents were in this country before then, they did not bring the tradition with them. No matter, we can still enjoy a yummy bun with a candle-lit breakfast every December 13.