Christmas in Finland

 

I’ll be doing one post a day highlighting a different country that one of YOU sent me information about. Next up for Christmas around the world Tiina from Finland shares the traditions and customs of the holidays in her country.  Thank you for adding to the magic of the season!

First thing you need to know about Finland is it’s where Santa lives. No Really. Rovaniemi is the official hometown of Santa Claus in Lapland. You can visit Santa, his reindeer, and stay in the village! If you still don’t believe me check out it out for yourself here! People all over the world send their letters here. This is officially on my bucket list.

This means that Santa doesn’t have to travel to far to deliver presents on December 24th which is more important to them than Christmas Day. It gets dark in Finland around 3:00 pm so families celebrate by putting candles on their family and loved ones graves. Then they have a traditional family meal and sauna! After the meal Joulupukki (Santa) comes by! Since he lives so close he normally knocks on the door and comes into the house to distributes gifts from his sack. Family gather to watch the fun of opening before bed.

 

Hope you found this fun and entertaining! As they say in finish inhyvää joulua (Merry Christmas)!

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