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Santa Lucia’s coming begins feasting, merriment, singing and the spirit of friendliness and goodwill that lasts throughout the Holiday season. According to legend, Lucia was a medieval saint who carried food and drink to hungry folk in the province of Varmland during a period of famine. She was seen across Lake Vanern with her white gown and crown of lights.... There are many legends, but in each one Lucia stands for the symbol of light and hope to all mankind.

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Läckö Slott (Castle), is close to Lidköping, near Lake Vanern. It's a beautiful baroque castle, with history starting in the 13th Century. I have VERY fond memories from my visit there. I strongly recommend going to see it during a visit in Sweden.

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