Sheared Bliss


Happy (belated) St. Lucia Day!
December 15, 2009, 11:56 pm
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This past weekend was Holiday’s Eve, the museum’s annual Christmas event.  Since it happened to fall on December 13th, we used it as an excuse to celebrate St. Lucia Day – mmm . . . Lucia buns . . .

Early in the planning stages for this event, there was some talk of me portraying Lucia because I happen to own an authentic Swedish Lucia dress.  I perceived a number of problems with this plan:

  • I am not young enough or blond enough to play Lucia.
  • Despite being a dancer, I am not what you would call a graceful person.  I run into things.  Wearing candles on my head would be a bad idea.
  • The Lucia dress is thin cotton and it is coooold here.

It was wisely decided that we would simply lay out the Lucia dress and crown next to a smorgasbord of Swedish Christmas foods because the event was at night and (obviously) Lucia had already come that morning.  That left me with the challenge of dressing as warmly as possible while remaining historically accurate and not looking like a sausage.  I wore:

  • 2 pairs of stockings
  • 1 pair of boots
  • 1 pair of drawers
  • 1 chemise
  • 1 corset
  • 3 petticoats
  • And the Best Dress Ever

Seriously, look at this thing:

PioneerJ has started referring to it as the bumble-bee dress.  NurseK says it makes her think of traffic lights.  Leslie pointed out that it’s the MacLeod tartan (appropriately known as the “loud” MacLeod tartan).  I don’t care.  It’s wool and that’s all that matters.  It was gloriously warm.  Plus, the plaid kind of grows on you, doesn’t it?  Or maybe that’s just a sign that it’s starting to damage your retinas . . .

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From one who has damaged retinas…I like it! Well done!

Comment by sarahstephens

Ooh, the plaid plus your floaters must look really awesome!

Comment by shearedbliss

[…] were a number of really impressive outfits, including PioneerJ in her silk and PioneerC in the bumblebee dress (which we revamped as a wrapper to be more historically […]

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