World traditions

Heidi and Elsie Engman of Edina handed out pepparkakor cookies while dressed as St. Lucia at Creek Valley Elementary on Thursday, Dec. 13. The sisters, who attend Countryside Elementary, helped their mom Kristin teach first graders at Creek Valley about St. Lucia Day, celebrated in Sweden, as part of the Cultural Explorations program taking place at both Creek Valley and Normandale over the period of two weeks. In addition to St. Lucia Day, students learned about Diwali, Chanukah, Ramadan and Kwanza from people who celebrate the holidays. (Photo by Lisa Kaczke – Sun Newspapers)