Saturday, January 14, 2012

Christmas in Finland

so, I repost this from my another blog about postcard. this is just teaser. so please come to my postcard blog for more. just klik HERE :)

Postcard from Finland

(Hello in Finnish!)

Christmas is the most celebrated holiday in Finland, and Christmas celebrations in Finland are build around ancient Nordic Christmas traditions. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing day, known in Finland as St. Stephen's Day, are all public holidays in Finland.

Finnish people believe that Santa Claus or Father Christmas lives in north part of Finland called Korvatunturi (or Lapland), north of the Arctic circle.

How do they celebrate Christmas in Finland?

Everyone cleans their houses ready for the three holy days of Christmas. Animals are given their own Christmas, with farmers sometimes hanging a sheaf of wheat on a tree to be eaten and pecked at by the birds. Nuts and pieces of suet are also hung on trees in bags from the branches.

The first Sunday in December (also called the First Advent) starts the Finnish Christmas season. Many children use advent calendars that count down the remaining days to Christmas Eve.

December 13 is the day of Saint Lucia, who is celebrated with lots of candles and formal celebrations in every town with a candle-crowned young girl. The time for Scandinavian Christmas tree shopping and decorating is coming and Christmas cards are being exchanged.

Everyone tries to be at home for Christmas, including fisherman who try to get their boats into the harbour by December 21st, St.Thomas's Day.

Christmas Eve is very special, when people eat rice porridge and plum fruit juice in the morning. They will then decorate a spruce tree in the home. At midday, the "peace of Christmas" is broadcast on radio and TV by the City Mayor of Turku (which is south Finland). Then they visit Finnish sauna, of course. Visiting the cemetery forms part of many Finns' Christmas rituals. Hey, its not as morbid as it might sound!

Between 5-7pm on Christmas Eve, Christmas dinner is served. Families and friends gather together to share the warm, festive atmosphere of the evening and enjoy the various traditional Christmas dishes. Oven-baked ham, root vegetable casserole, mixed beetroot salad, liver casserole and pates, meat aspics, gravlax or Christmas Eve and herring dishes form the basis of the traditional Finnish Christmas dinner.

The three most essential dishes on Finnish Christmas tables are Oven-baked ham, rutabaga casserole and mixed beetroot salad. without the taste of the traditional dishes, there would be something missing in Finnish Christmas celebration.

In picture on right, clockwise from top right: slices of baked ham, rutabaga casserole, beetroot salad, homemade mustard, sweet pea sauce.

Christmas in Finland officially ends 13days after Chrismas Day.

Christmas gifts may be given out before or after the dinner. The children do not hang up stockings, but Santa Claus comes in person, often accompanied by as many as half a dozen Christmas elves to distribute the presents.

And last but not least, dont forget that "Merry Christmas" in Finnish is 'Hyvää Joulua'!

You can learn more about Finland here :)

You will find recipes for some of the dishes mentioned above in here :)

Hauskaa päivän jatkoa!
(Have a nice day!)

Uncharted Meaning

Uncharted is a song written and recorded by the American singer Sara Bareilles. The song was produces by Neal Avron. it was the second single of her album Kaleidoscope heart.

On 9 November 2010, official behind-the-scenes photographs were posted to Sara's official site, showing "King of anything" filming the video. The picture showed Sara in various outfits, including a Geisha girl costume. However, nothing more was started about the concept of this video, and it was believed to be scrapped for a new version.

A music video was released on March 1, 2011 featuring artist including: Adam Lavine and Jesse Carmichael of Maroon 5, Josh Groban, Pharel Williams of N.E.R.D., Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Ben Folds, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Laura Jansen, Ingrid Michaelson, Vanessa Carlton, Tegan and Sara, Cary Brothers, Greg Laswell, Adam Gardner and Ryan Miller from Guster and Keenan Cahill.

In a blog entry on her official site, Sara described the reason behind the concept:

"this video is about my journey as an artist who looks up to the people around them. This is about being fan of people who take chances, who are fearless, who have integrity and go off into the world saying yes to whats around them. its filled with some of the people in my life who do that everyday. They have impacted my world and are not only incredible artist, but great friends as well. They all worked this giant favor into their very busy lives and helped me out more than I can say."


I think this song is conveying the message that she just wants to go her own way: a path that is her own; uncharted.

Too much to hold, everybody has to
Get their hands on gold
And I want uncharted

Everyone seems to go for the same thing and follow similar paths, but she wants something different.

I know I'm getting nowhere
When I only sit and stare like

She's not getting anywhere while living the life she's leading.

I won't go as a passenger, no
Waiting for the road to be laid
Though I may be going down
I'm taking flame over burning out

She's going to do her own thing, be independent, and take initiative. She's going to make her own choices and take her own path.

where you are to where you want to be, and you'll get

Their way isn't taking them anywhere.

I'm going down
Follow if you want
I won't just hang around
Like you'll show me where to go

She doesn't know exactly where she's going, but she knows she wants to go there because she knows the alternative, which will take her nowhere.

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