Finnish Christmas traditions
<div>In Finland it is a tradition to take a Christmas sauna. The sauna is heated up early. After taking the sauna it is a tradition to go out to cool by rolling in the snow. </div> upload.wikimedia.org
<div>Suvi Teräsniska - Varpunen Jouluaamuna (Sparrow on Christmas morning)</div><div><br></div><div>Suvi Teräsniska is a famous singer in Finland and Varpunen jouluaamuna is a classic Christmas song in Finland.</div><div><br></div><div>The lyrics in english:</div><div><br></div><div>Snow have already covered the flowers in the valley,</div><div>frozen wave of lake in cold winter</div><div>Little sparrow, eaten food of summer,</div><div>frozen wave of lake in cold winter</div><div><span> </span></div><div><span>In the stairs of little cabin was dear girl:</span></div><div>Come sparrow with joy, take seed from me!</div><div>It's Christmas, my homeless and unhappy sparrow,</div><div>come here with joy, take seed from me!</div><div><span> </span></div><div><span>Dear sparrow flew now to the girl with joy:</span></div><div>I'll be grateful for the seed from you.</div><div>If God wants to reward you,</div><div>I'll be grateful for the seed from you!</div><div><span> </span></div><div><span>I'm not, my child, bird from this world,</span></div><div>I'm your little brother, I came from heaven.</div><div>Little seed you gave to the poor,</div><div>get your little brother from the land of angels.</div><div><br></div><div>(http://lyricstranslate.com/en/varpunen-jouluaamuna-sparrow-christmas-morning.html-0#songtranslation)</div> www.youtube.com Varpunen Jouluaamuna Suvi Teräsniskan esittämänä.
<div>Rajaton - Heinillä Härkien Kaukalon (On the hay, in the bulls' trough)</div><div><br></div><div>Rajaton is a fairly famous six-membered vocal band in Finland. Heinillä Härkien Kaukalon is a classic Christmas song in Finland. </div><div><br></div><div>The lyrics in english:</div><div><br></div><div>On the hay, in the bulls' trough</div><div>Sleeps an innocent Child.</div><div>The path of a flock of angels</div><div>Soon leads to Him</div><div>To marvel at the greatest Love.</div><div><br></div><div>In the hems of the beloved mother</div><div>Sleeps the Son of God.</div><div>The path of a flock of angels</div><div>Soon leads to Him</div><div>To marvel at the greatest Love.</div><div><br></div><div>In the midst of lilies and roses</div><div>Sleeps the Lord of people.</div><div>The path of a flock of angels</div><div>Soon leads to Him</div><div>To marvel at the greatest Love.</div><div><br></div><div>At the cross beside a robber</div><div>Sleeps the purest Victim.</div><div>The path of a flock of angels</div><div>Soon leads to Him</div><div>To marvel at the greatest Love.</div><div><br></div><div>(http://lyricstranslate.com/en/heinill%C3%A4-h%C3%A4rkien-kaukalon-hay-bulls-trough.html)</div> www.youtube.com A cappella yhtye Rajaton esittää Heinillä Härkien Kaukalon. Melodia: ? Teksti: Martti Korpilahti
<div>Sylvian joululaulu (Sylvia`s Christmas Song)</div><div><br></div><div>Sylvian joululaulu is a classic Christmas song in Finland.</div><div><br></div><div>The lyrics in english:</div><div><br></div><div>So Christmas has come again to the North,</div><div>it has also come to our hearts</div><div>And Christmas trees shed brightly their gleam</div><div>on little cottages now</div><div>But up in the perch there is still only</div><div>the cage confining my chirper</div><div>And the wail of this prison got silent</div><div>Oh, who could recall the singer's sorrow?</div><div><br></div><div>Where cypresses smell even now in Winter,</div><div>I'm sitting on a branch of the grandest tree</div><div>Where water looms, wine is most foamy</div><div>and the weather is always like in May</div><div>And I see Etna from afar looking so beautiful</div><div>Ah, all this charms and dazes my mind</div><div>And tunes sound gently in the groves</div><div>Who could tell of a more plentiful joy!</div><div><br></div><div>The brightest of stars, shed your shine</div><div>upon my far-away Finland!</div><div>And then when your twinkle fades,</div><div>bless the land of my memories!</div><div>Another like it I won't find anywhere,</div><div>Finland will always be my most loved and dear!</div><div>And in gratitude the song of Sylvia sounds,</div><div>and always sounds the most harmonious song</div><div><br></div><div>(http://lyricstranslate.com/en/sylvian-joululaulu-sylvias-christmas-song.html#songtranslation)</div><div><br></div> www.youtube.com Conductor / Johtaja / Dirigent: Mikko Sidoroff Arr. / Sov.: Lauri Mäntysaari Joint advent concert (2013) of Turku University Choir & Collegium Musicum Turku,...
<div>It is a tradition in Finland to go to a cemetery to light some candles on family graves around Christmas.</div> upload.wikimedia.org
<div>Presents are a big part of Finnish Christmas. They are opened usually in the evening of the 24th day of december.</div> www.flickr.com Christmas presents under the tree. There are more free stock photography shots in my Freestock set.
<div>At Christmas it is a tradition in Finland to eat foods like: rutabaga, carrot, potato and liver casseroles, salmon, rice pudding, gingerbread, lutefisk and Christmas ham. Also glogg, coffee and different alcoholic drinks are traditional Christmas drinks in Finland.</div> www.flickr.com My Dad's house for Christmas dinner.
<div>It is common in Finland to build a gingerbread house at Christmas. The house is made out of gingerbread and it`s decorated with candy, sugar and other edible things.</div> pixabay.com Free Image on Pixabay - Gingerbread House
<div>Santa Claus is called Joulupukki in Finland. The direct translation is actually Christmas goat, but Santa in Finland is not a goat, he is a man. It is believed that Santa lives on a mountain called Korvatunturi and his workshop is in the Rovaniemi Arctic Circuit. Korvatunturi is an actual mountain on the border of Finland and Russia. You can visit Santa`s workshop and it is a famous travel destination in Finland. Santa does not fly in Finland, he comes with sleigh pulled by reindeer. He does not come through the chimney, he comes through the door.</div><div>Santa does not just leave the presents, he also talks to the family members. Children can perform for Santa. </div><div><br></div> pixabay.com Ilmainen kuva Pixabayssa - Joulupukki, Perinne, Joulu, Lahjat
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Christmas tree is spruce. It is decorated with different lights, ribbons and ornaments.</span></div><div><br></div> pixabay.com Free Image on Pixabay - Christmas Tree, Christmas

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