Did you know that Christmas starts on December 13 in Finland? And yes, it's not the official country of Santa Claus for nothing!
Legends say that he lives in Korvatunturi in Lapland. And, that from this mountain Santa Claus can hear if the children are good or not!
One of the Christmas traditions in Finland is, like in many countries, the Christmas market! In the capital, Helsinki, you can find the most famous and well-known market: the one of Saint Thomas. Here you will find many gift ideas like kuksa.
December 13 marks in Finland as in many Nordic countries, the start of the Christmas festivities! This day marks the longest night of the year and the arrival of the Christmas decorations and spirit.
One of the oldest Finnish traditions is the Christmas Truce "Joulurauhanjulistus", celebrated on December 24. It is celebrated in the oldest city of Finland Turku. On this occasion, at noon, the mayor of the city reads the declaration of peace on the balcony of the town hall.
This speech is broadcasted live on television and radio so that the greatest number of people can hear it.
The kuksa is a wooden cup hand-carved from a single piece of wood. Traditionally from the burr of the Masur birch, a birch tree that grows in Scandinavia and likes high temperatures.
Kuksa were first produced and used by the Sami, an indigenous people living in Lapland. And, according to the Sami, to give a kuksa is to give happiness. Because what matters is the values they convey, and no matter what you call them, a real kuksa is a cup made with your own hands or given to you.
Finnish Lapland currently has more reindeer than inhabitants. And, as everyone knows, reindeer are part of Santa's life. In fact, Santa's official village is located in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland! A magical place, full of great gift ideas for young and old. You can even meet 8 reindeer pulling the sleigh.
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In Finland, during the Christmas period the nights are very long because the day sets around 3 pm. The Christmas atmosphere is felt all day long.
This traditional decoration is very present in Scandinavian houses. This decoration is made of rye straw and can be hung from the ceiling or in the tree, depending on its size. It is a handmade decoration.
December is a month of celebration in Finland. Families and friends get together to celebrate "pikkujoulu", mini-Christmas parties where people gather around the fire. They eat herring or ham and drink mulled wine!
Kupilka is one of Finland's best-known brands since its inception in 1996. Kupilka offers a wide range of ecological and recyclable tableware to use at home or outdoors during a hike or a trip.
For your Christmas table, you can use their plates, cutlery, boards and cups! For a sober table, choose a single color but for the more creative, mix colors among the 5 proposed by the brand!
I'm going to talk about traditional Christmas meals, but not all Finns eat this on Christmas Eve!
One of the most traditional dish is the roasted ham "joulukinkku" served with different vegetables and gratin like the carrot gratin "Porkkanalaatikko". Fish such as herring and salmon are also featured.
This good food is accompanied by Christmas beer or the famous lime wine with spices "glögi".
Spiced or jam-filled cookies, carrot gratin, Christmas stars, mulled wine, you name it!
Soft cookies filled with jam, most often strawberry jam. These cookies can also be filled with caramel or spread. 🥰
These little Christmas stars made of puff pastry and filled with jam are great to end a good meal. It's both indulgent and light.
Warm up your winter with this salmon, potato and carrot soup. Sprinkle with a little dill and it's ready!
To warm up your winter afternoons or evenings, make yourself a delicious glögi. It's a hot drink with cranberry, apple juice and spices.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Come and discover our wooden tableware from Finland. Handmade tableware that will accompany young and old alike for years to come!
Authentic birch burl wood cup handmade in Finnish Lapland 🇫🇮
Authentic birch burl and reindeer antler cup handmade in Lapland 🇫🇮
100% natural: honey, beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter
Authentic Karelian curly birch wood mug handmade in Lapland 🇫🇮
Genuine reindeer skin from a reindeer farm in Finnish Lapland 🇫🇮
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DEFINITIONWhat is a kuksa?
How were kuksa born and who invented them. How to make one? Where to buy them? How to maintain them? So many questions to which we answer you.
KUKSA CREATORSThe origin of kuksa in the heart of the Sami people
We talk about the original creators of the kuksa : the Sami people, the native people of northern Scandinavia.
PRESERVATIONHow to preserve your kuksa?
Discover the methods to prolong the life of your kuksa as well as the 4 mistakes to avoid. Also, find tips that the lapps give us.
CARVINGHow to carve a kuksa?
Discover the 9 steps to carve an authentic kuksa. We also list the tools you need!
WOODDiscovering reindeer antlers, often mistaken for horn
Explore the fascinating world of reindeer, discovering the secrets of their majestic antlers and their essential role in the survival of Nordic populations.
WOODWhat is a burl from a tree?
The burl is a growth that can be seen on the trunk or branches of a tree. This growth is not a disease of the tree but a reaction to stress.
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