many of the Nordic countries, Finland lights up the holidays with
laughter, feasting, and lots of candles. They can be seen nearly
every window - in homes, schools, shops - and just about everywhere
It truly is
a joyous time of year and a good opportunity to shake off the
gloom of winter with holiday parties usually beginning in early
December ... as the clock ticks down to Christmas Eve.
day when Finland relaxes from weeks of cooking, baking, and cleaning
to enjoy a day filled with fun and family.
Eve begins with a traditional noonday Christmas sauna, later followed
by a feast filled with Finnish specialties such as Christmas ham
or codfish, platters of salted meats or pickled herrings, and
carrot or potato casseroles.
bowl of Glogi,
or mulled wine is usually presented along with delicious sweet
treats such as traditional Finnish Christmas bread, joululeipa,
and a heaping plate of homemade
(Christmas gingerbread cookies in the shape of crescents and stars.)
Web, check out more information on other seasonal customs observed
around the country, including a virtual visit to Santa Park in
northern Finland, photos and videos from Turku where the official
Christmas proclamation is read, and traditional events planned
in Helsinki, the capital city ...
More information about Christmas in Finland around the Web:
Finnish Christmas traditions - Christmas in Finland is all about feasting, with an illustrated overview and related Christmas dinner recipes.
Park - This is the official site of the "official" home
of Santa, and Finland's most popular theme park with admission
prices, hours and contact details.
the Christmas City of Finland - View the video or click
on the text link to learn more about how the old medieval city
observes the holiday, with more on magical Lapland and the Northern