Santa Claus Worldwide distills the cheerful essence of Christmas from many sources and studies, old and new. In addition to his wide reading, author Tom A. Jerman has brought a wealth of personal experience
St. Lucia was a Christian martyr who died in prison in 304 A.D., and whose feast day, December 13, made her a convenient saint to preside over Christmas festivities in Sweden, Denmark and Italy where Lucia is typically represented by a young woman in a long white dress and a wreath of candles. Before her martyrdom, she reputedly gouged out her own eyes to forestall the advances of a pagan suitor after she converted to Christianity. She is frequently depicted with her eyeballs on a platter even though her real eyes are intact.