Why are they called St. Lucia buns?
The night of December 13th is called Lussinatt, and according to old folklore, it was a scary night where light and darkness would fight each other. According to the Julian calendar, Lussinatta was the longest night of the year, the winter solstice. Lussinatta, with its long night, was the beginning of the Christmas period, when the supernatural being Lussi could come out and wreak havoc.
It was her job to check that everything was ready for the Christmas celebrations, and if it wasn’t she would become very angry. The creature Lussi was believed to always have a black cat at her heels. At the same time, we celebrate St Lucia’s Day on the 13th of December, in memory of Saint Lucia from the Catholic faith. These two traditions have merged in modern times.