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24th of December

I invited Yuki to spend Christmas at my parents place so she could experience the (one type of)Finnish Christmas.

On the morning we went to a religious ceremony, sang hymns and listened  the declaration of Christmas peace from radio. After the ceremony we ate some delicious rice porridge! Words Yuki learned: seimi = a manger, riisipuuro = rice porridge, Jumala = God (kami), tähti = a star (hoshi).

Christmas decoration
Christmas decoration

Later we traditionally visited a grave yard and lightened two candles next my relatives graves. The view over the yard was beautiful because of hundreds of candles. Because of wind the weather (-10 degrees) felt bit chilly. 😀

Candles for those, who are buried far away
Candles for those, who have been buried far away

After our freezing trip over dead people we enjoyed lovely Christmas meal including turkey = kalkkuna (shichimenchou), spiced herrings = maustettuja silakoita, Christmas salad = rosolli and carrot/potato/sweet turnip casserole = porkkana/peruna/lanttulaatikko. During our meal Santa Clause = joulupukki had somehow visited us without being noticed and brought presents = lahjoja for all of us!

Presents!
Presents!