Hi, everyone – it’s Christmas vacation time! I’ve been waiting for this and I am currently on an aeroplane on my way to snowy Finland! Jyväskylä to be exact. I’m so excited about all the snow and spending the weekend with my lovely friends at their incredible house in the countryside. I’m sure I will be posting some pictures from there in the next couple of days. And then on Sunday, I’ll travel to my parents in Kuopio.
I wanted to share some of our Christmas traditions with you and hear about yours as well. This topic has been a talking point recently because one of my best friends from London is coming to spend her Christmas vacation with us – how fun is that!! And obviously, my entire family is excited to share all our traditions with her and feed her all the Finnish Christmas food – just watch out Ania.
Our Christmas Eve morning usually starts with decorating the Christmas tree that my dad and Riz bring home the day before. We make last minute preparations for Christmas day lunch when the whole family comes over. By noon we will slow down to listen to the broadcast of Nordic Christmastime Peace announcement from the city of Turku, followed by The Snowman which I have been watching together with mum since I was a little girl. And the dogs love running in the snow so we always take them for a nice long walk in the forest before heading to the Christmas sauna.
In the evening we’ll head to my aunt’s house and spend Christmas Eve with the family. Santa Claus also has a habit of popping by to listen to us sing him a song or two and to have a warm cup of cognac. In the evening we drive home and listen to radio greetings from Finnish expats from around the world. Then it’s time to open our presents at home and just spend the evening relaxing.
On Christmas Day we have a lie-in, walk in the forest and the family arrives around lunchtime.
What are your favourite things about Christmas vacation and this time of year? Make time to enjoy these things.
Happy Holidays! Love Karoliina x