8. Meeting: Joulujuhla, Lebkuchen and Glögi

All Each One Teach One participants met today at Solu office to have a little pre-christmas party. And what is the best opportunity to talk about different christmas traditions and eat typical christmas food? Right: A christmas party.

This week, my mom send me some Spekulatius and Lebkuchen from Germany and I brought them to the party. In Tampere, also Lidl has german christmas food, so in addition to the cookies, I also bought some german Stollen and Marzipan. All these treats are typically eaten around christmas time in Germany.
I told Pauliina about our tradition on the 6th of December, where the Nikolaus comes to the homes of familys and gives mandarines, nuts and chocolate to the children, if they were brave throughout the year. And also, if they cleaned their shoes the night before the 6th and put them in front of their doors. It’s funny that especially the 6th of December has such a different meaning in Finland – The Independence day.

Also, Pauliina told me a story that I had never heard of before. A story that impressed me a lot! She told me about Santa Claus, the Joulupukki, that actually had some kind of a dark past. In the somewhat 1930s , the generation of Pauliinas grandmother, the Joulupukki was not like it is today. More likely, men dressed up in scary horned goat costumes as part of a ritual. They were more evil spirits, that went from house to house and demanded gifts and leftovers. When I came back home after the party, I needed to read more about it, since I think this is a very intersting fact about the past of the finnish christmas culture.

Pauliina brought some Glögi, wine and raisins. In Finland, people dring this alcohol-free Glögi with raisins and nuts inside. In Germany, the alcohol-free Punsch is mostly served to kids, while adults mostly enjoy Glühwein at the cristmas markets. This is heated red or white wine with different spices. But anyway bith Glögi and Glühwein is a hot, sweet, nice drink and we enjoyed it alot while listening to a Suomalaisia Joululauluja – playlist.

We decided that we still need to bake some christmas cookies on our ownes, that we still need to go to the Tampereen joulutori, that we still need to watch the Tuntematon sotilas movie about Finland gaining independence, that we still need to celebrate this very special year of 100 years of independence… and recognized that time flies by so fast and that not so much of it is left. These are sad thoughts, so we rather enjoyed the moment, said Kippis and continued talking about all these nice christmas things in our countries.

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