She was known as Lucia of Syracuse (on the island of Sicily). According to, she was a Christian woman whose mother arranged her marriage with a pagan. But through prayer, she changed her mother's mind.

But as you can expect, it didn't sit well with the betrothed. He reportedly outed her to the Roman authorities as a Christian, and she was subsequently tortured to death. NOW there's a heart-warming Christmas story for the kids.

Somehow she got associated with lights, and that's where the Scandinavian's work her into their holiday celebration on December 13th. In Scandinavian countries, the eldest daughter wears an Advent wreath with lit candles on her head for Saint Lucia. According to Fire Marshall Bill, NOT dangerous at all.