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Jyväskylä, Finland - 25th December 2011

By: Nonnariina


Yesterday was a wonderful day!

I ate well:)
In the morning we ate rice borrige with cinnamon, it´s traditional Finnish Christmas food. Porrige was served from a large kettle and there was one almond hidden in the porrige. Person who will get an almond, gets a little present or chance to wish! Funny, isn´t it?

In the afternoon we had a real Finnish Christmas table.
There were
- a big Christmas ham with mustard,
- Karelian Stew (trational Finnish food http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karjalanpaisti),
- carrot and potato casseroles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casserole)
- potaoes and salad called rosolli, which includes boiled beetroots, carrots, potatoes, apples, pickled cucumber and often also onions.
And therhe were also a lot of different cheeses and salads.

As dessert we had gingerbreads, chocolade and Christmas pies, which are filled with plum.

Then we went to Christmas sauna! There people stroked themselves with some freshly-smelling birch twigs! They called those twigs "vasta" or "vihta". And they really hit themselves with it!! Weird I think, but I tried and it was quite nice! I have a picture of me and “vihta” and sauna. And one picture of me and Finnish children book: there is also sauna and some fictional characters stroking with “vihta”).

Oh, I almost forgot! In the morning we also went to Christmas church.

In the evening there was the most exciting and happy thing: Santa Claus came! Wow! I was so excited:) And guess what? I get chance to sit in Santa`s arms! He was so kind. I was a little bit scrared… Then we got presents and Santa leaved. And I also got a present! Santa knew that I`m here. So here´s a picture of my new wonderful scarf :)
It was long day and I slept well.

Today I have just relaxed and eaten more Christmas food:) and chocholate, of course.

I hope you are fine!


* Posted Dec 25, 2011, 7:14 pm Last edited Dec 25, 2011, 7:56 pm by Nonnariina [Quote] Go to the top of the page


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