St Lucy’s Day

Today is my name day – under the Julian calendar it was the shortest day, December 23rd, which inspired John Donne’s beautiful poem.

In Scandinavia and Italy there are lots of traditions associated with the day – many, like the St Lucy’s Day fires, are obvious adaptions of earlier solstice celebrations.
Images of St Lucy tend to include her holding a pair of eyes on a plate, other images show her holding a lantern. I really like this more modern take.