Today the official countdown for christmas started. The shops were open between 2 and 6 pm and there were tons of people out shopping and to see the towns official christmas tree. And to see this years Lucia Bride.
Lucia is a very old tradition here in Sweden. Lucia is a virgin who came to help the Swedes during the great famine. Lucia came with light and with bread and fed the hungy.
Since 1973 there's a yearly competion in towns all over Sweden, where a young girl is selected to be the towns Lucia Bride. She is coronated or crowned in the church on Saint Lucy's Day, which is December 13.