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Joulupukki - Christmas in Finland

Posted 15th-November-2008 at 06:42 PM by Aleksis Kivi
Updated 4 Weeks Ago at 02:25 PM by Aleksis Kivi
On the eve of the Finnish Joulu, children are visited by Joulupukki, a character similar to Santa Claus.

The word Joulupukki means "Yule Goat" and probably derives from an old Finnish tradition where people called nuuttipukkis dressed in goat hides circulated in homes after Joulu, eating leftover food.

Joulupukki visits people's homes and rides a sleigh pulled by a number of reindeer. He knocks on the front door during Jouluaatto, rather than sneaking in through the chimney at night. When he comes in, his first words are usually "Onkos täällä kilttejä lapsia?", "Are there (any) good (well-behaved) children here?". Presents are given and opened immediately. He usually wears red, warm clothes and often carries a wooden walking stick.

His workshop is in Korvatunturi, Lapland, Finland, rather than at the North Pole like Santa Claus, or in Greenland. He is married to Joulumuori (tr. Mother Yule). Typical Finnish yule dishes include ham, various root vegetable casseroles, beetroot salad, gingerbread and star-shaped plum-filled pastries.

Other traditions with a non-Christian yule background include joulukuusi ("Uule spruce") and joulusauna ("yule sauna").

Finnish Christmas Recipes can be foud here.

Text: Wikipedia (GNU Free Documentation License)
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