The Festival of St. Lucia, which is traditionally celebrated on December 13, begins the Christmas season in Swedish custom. St. Lucia is honored by the people of Sweden for her service to others and for standing up for what she knew was right. Gustavus celebrates its 72nd St. Lucia Festival at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel on Dec. 6. Sophomore women are asked to select peers at Gustavus who are a light to others and exemplify these qualities: Courageous Leadership, Service to Others, Strength of Character, and Compassion. The women in the 2012 St. Lucia Court are Maura Bremer of Mahtomedi, Minn., Danielle Cabrera of Napa, Calif., Carolyn Draayer of Deephaven, Minn., Nicole Ektnitphong of Worthington, Minn., Mara LeBlanc of Richfield, Minn., and Nikki Rom of Littlefork, Minn.