Our Christmas 2014 - in Finland
I always get rid of the Christmas decorations around 6th January. For me that has always been the last day of the Christmas period, the day when the holidays properly stop and the New Year is well underway. I didn't have the time to write about our Christmas celebrations before as we have been busy traveling, so I thought it would be about time to do it now, on the Twelfth Night...
We try to spend every other Christmas in Finland, in my home country, and every other here in the UK. It is a nice tradition to have - both of us get to experience the Christmas the way we remember it from our childhoods. Every other year it is turkey, crackers and stockings, and every other year it is plum tarts, gingerbread biscuits and slow-cooked game.
This year we went to Finland and spent the Christmas at my parents second home in the countryside. I was really excited about it - it was the first Christmas my little one would have in Finland. There you celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, have a dinner and then open the presents. Santa makes a home visit to families with small kids (and daddy always manages to miss him, having to go and get milk few minutes before Santa gets there...). This time we didn't have Santa popping over, but we did enjoy the Christmas tree found from the nearby woods, and a gorgeous table topped with local delicacies. My absolute favourite Finnish Christmas foods are plum tarts, and white bread with butter and roe, and I ate my belly full of them. My husband prefers the slow-cooked game and gingerbread biscuits, and was happy to have plenty of both.
After some rice porridge for breakfast, we popped out to play in the snow.
In the evening we had a lovely meal - smoked salmon, roe, deer, traditional potato, swede and carrot casseroles, cold meats, salads... Lots of different things, all equally tasty!
And then it was all about relaxing and opening the presents. While we didn't have Santa making an appearance this year (his costume had been misplaced somewhere...) we did have plenty of presents and our little elf was helping us in finding out the contents of each package. And then we had dessert too - gingerbread biscuits, cheeses and chocolates.
Little mischievous elf had trouble keeping her fingers to herself...
And as most folks do on a Christmas Eve, we went to a traditional Finnish sauna in the evening - what a lovely way to end to the day.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too! How did you celebrate Christmas?