Christmas Vacation in Finland

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.

Christmas Vacation in Kuopio | Karoliina Kazi

Happy Holidays! Love Karoliina x


  1. 16th December 2016 / 10:09 am

    I hope you have an amazing time back home for Christmas, your traditions sound fun and very family orientated too. We haven’t had any snow yet which is a first for Scotland so I’m slightly jealous that you will have some 🙂 xx

    • 16th December 2016 / 10:30 am

      I’m keeping my fingers crossed for your white Christmas Denise xx

  2. 16th December 2016 / 3:16 pm

    Oh such wonderful traditions! 🙂 Oon niin kade siitä että kehä III:sen ulkopuolella tuntuu olevan lunta joka puolella 😀 meillä ei ole Helsingissä enää juuri ollenkaan 🙁 pitänee siis suunnata Poriin jouluksi 😀

    ♥ Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy

    • 18th December 2016 / 4:08 pm

      Joo, toivotaan että sinnekin sataa lunta ja et koko suomi saa valkoisen joulun. xx

  3. 16th December 2016 / 3:29 pm

    Looking at all these pictures makes me super home sick! I miss Finland in the winter and especially Christmas! The UK Christmas is so different to the Finnish one and I am super lucky that my husband spends Christmas Eve with me in the traditional way I am used to. Can’t wit for your photos from your trip!
    Katja xxx

    • 18th December 2016 / 4:10 pm

      Let’s hope you get some snow for Christmas this year 🙂 It’s so nice that you’re spending Christmas with both of your traditions. xx

    • 18th December 2016 / 4:06 pm

      Finland is very magical, especially during Christmas 🎄

  4. 17th December 2016 / 1:39 pm

    I love all the pictures! I wished there was that much snow around here too!

    • 8th January 2017 / 12:53 pm

      Thank you Sarah – I’ll keep my fingers crossed for some snow for you x

    • 18th December 2016 / 4:05 pm

      Snow brings so much light that I love it. More the better 🙂

  5. 18th December 2016 / 11:49 am

    Love hearing of others holiday traditions, sounds so nice and your photos are wonderful, really festive 🙂

    • 18th December 2016 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you Kitty. Every family has their traditions, I love hearing about them too.

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