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St. Lucia is celebrated on December 13 and is a big deal here in Sweden. Lucia essentially kick starts the Jul celebrations. Last year I happened to be at IKEA when I first heard about the Luciatåg - or the Lucia Train. People seemed pretty excited about it. Excited is not a term one often finds themselves using to describe Swedes so I thought, "Wow, this is going to be fun! My first Luciatåg, and at IKEA. Jätteroligt!" I had an image in my mind of people in a congaline singing Jul songs in the same spirit as Midsommar's Sma Grodorna or like the Ekdahl's Julafton in Bergman's Fanny and Alexander or even a toy train with godis.
But, I was more than a little deflated to see a group of carolers walk in dressed in white singing, well, carols. "Oh, is this the Lucy train?" That was the Lucy "train". I'll tell you the reason why the Luciatåg is so dry in comparison to Midsommar and Julafton. It usually happens in the afternoon so there is not any heavy drinking involved. Without the booze this Swedish tradition remains reserved, just like the Swedes themselves.
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