Yesterday we went to the EOTO pre-Christmas party at TAMK. While we listened to some Finnish Christmas songs and had some Glögi. (finally, I tried it!) Different people had some good snacks with them. Helena (another German Girl), also brought some German things and luckily, she had too much, so we could all try and I explained something about the ingredients, how you bake it, when you usually do that and that most of the grandmas don’t want you to eat the candies before Christmas, which leads to a sugar-overload in week after Christmas, because of course, they were baking so much! At the top of the blog-post you can see some more German Christmas candies – self-made Christmas cookies, which are quite variegated. In Finnland it’s common to have some Christmas-chocolate in a box, which includes a lot of different chocolate types (suklaa rasia). Besides the German candies for Christmas (you can see them in the picture) and Glögi, we also had some Asian food like spring rolls, onion rings and fried chicken. It was delicious and I guess, Hang liked it more, than the German Christmas candies. 😀 I also brought my friend book for the girls to write in.
I think in every country that celebrates Christmas, it’s normal that there are a lot of Christmas trees (Joulu kuusi). In Germany, some families still have real candles on the tree (like mine :D). We also have the real candles on the advent wreath. It’s also not only a wreath, it can be any arrangement with four candles. The four candles are for the 4 Sundays before Christmas. It’s allowed to lighten a new one each Sunday till it’s finally Christmas and the four candles are lightened. It’s like the advent calendar for the anticipation and preliminary for Christmas. Little children get some self-made calendars, which are filled with candies, something to play and little toys, which got decided by the moms, who fill the little presents (lahja). I think in Germany this is still quite common and Tuuli told me, she also had it as a child, but nowadays people mostly buy some ready ones with toys or chocolate. She also told us, that they don’t really have the Christmas cribs. In Germany a lot of families, or at least the families who really celebrate Christmas, have one. It’s usually made from wood and shows Joseph and Mary and little Jesus as a Baby. The decoration in Finland is quite rare, Tuuli told us. But it’s common that children in kindergarten and primary school perform the Christmas story. In Germany, we have this as well in the kindergartens and churches.