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#10 – Last meeting and Pre-Christmas Party

We’re nearing Christmas, holidays and me leaving Finland.

For our last meeting I invited my students Kaisa and Maija to my own place for having a small Christmas party 🙂 I still have some German Christmas candies, cookies and cakes from my visiting friends so I let them try out these snacks.

As a special treat, I had Glühwein from Germany. It’s flavoured red wine and super typical for Christmas in Germany, they sell it in every store/supermarket during Christmas season and at every Christmas market. It has to be heaten up in a pot since you only drink it warm ;D

While sitting around in the living room of my apartment we were listening to German Christmas songs, read the lyrics, sang along and talked about the meanings. Christmas songs have a wonderfully cozy touch to them, so we had a very relaxing evening with some sweets, wine and good music.

Here you can listen to a nice mix of the most popular German Christmas songs 🙂

>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf_-e9EWPjI

As a little Christmas gift I baked some cookies for Maija and Kaisa like I did for all my exchange study friends, the whole load looked like this 😀

When I asked for feedback they said that all in all, they were able to refresh and expand their German language very well and in a very funny way, which makes me feel glad that I was able to help them out. EOTO was a really new but positive experience to me. I am glad that I chose this course, EOTO is about more than just learning or teaching languages, it’s something that made my stay abroad more valuable.

I even received Christmas presents from my students, thanks a lot, Maija and Kaisa for the chocolate, it was sooo good! ♥ It was very, very fun with you, I could do it again any time! To have all the meetings, to talk and laugh about the German and Finnish language and just to hang out, talk with you about life and universty and walk around in Tampere. It has been a pleasure! I wish you all the best, let’s keep in touch! 😀

With this entry I want to finish my EOTO blogs, hope you enjoyed it, kiitos for reading! Hope we see each other again sometime, somewhere! 🙂

~~~ Theresa ♥

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!