I had my first truly difficult field day this month, the kind of day that leaves you questioning your life choices that brought you to this place and moment in time. Okay, perhaps a little melodramatic, but I am choosing to not curb my vitriol, so fair warning – a bit of hyperbole is about to happen.
Finland is famous for Christmas, this we know, but how does an American couple with minimal friends celebrate this most festive of days in Rovaniemi? Let me show you!
Step 1: Moomin-themed chocolate advent calendar! Because what’s better than getting a little chocolate infusion every day to brighten up the season, eh?!
Today is the winter solstice (aka: midwinter), making this the darkest day of the year! Speaking from the admittedly-biased perspective of the Northern Hemisphere, I’m gonna drop some astronomical science on you, in honor of this short, dark day.
First, a question for the audience: What causes the seasons? (dig deep in your mind back to 7th grade physical earth science) You have the space of 2 random pictures from Rovaniemi to solidify your answer…
Christmas is a BIG holiday here in Finland, and particularly so in Rovaniemi, home of the one-and-only real Santa Claus! Pikkujoulu (pee-coo-yo-lou), or Christmas parties, are therefore taken pretty seriously. A person can attend multiple ‘pikkujoulu’ during the holiday season with your various social groups (work, friends, family), and the first round of them occur on the last Friday of November (or as close to Nov. 30 as possible).