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Where does Santa Really live? Finland of course!Fri, December 23, 2005 - 5:21 AM
At Yule, there is always a big feast, and after the feast, the Yule Goat brought presents. When the Christians came to Finland, the Yule celebration was moved from the evening of the 21st of December, the Solstice, to the evening of the 24th, the eve before the Mass for the Birth of Christ, “Christ Mass”, or Christmas. Finns still keep the old pagan customs of Yule, even today. They bring in a spruce tree and decorate it with red fruit and berries: usually the fruit and berries are made of glass or plastic these days. Then, there is a big feast. In Finland, they like pork as much as the Chinese people do. The center of the Yule Feast is a great ham. After the Feast, to celebrate the return of the Light, real candles are put on the spruce tree and lit, and sometimes sparklers are hung on the tree and lit, too. Little sparks of light shine all over the tree and are reflected from the glass fruit and glittering tinsel garlands.
Everyone is waiting for Joulupukki. Traditional songs are sung, and the whole family plays games: in the game “weighing salt”, two children stand back to back and link arms and one child lifts the other onto his back until the other child's feet leave the floor. Then the other child lifts the first one. The whole family dances around in a circle singing about how they are all “Mama's little piggies” because they have eaten so much at the Feast. They point their fingers at themselves and each other: “You and I are all little piggies!” While they are dancing, a knock is heard at the door. Joulupukki has finally arrived! There is great excitement when he comes in, all shaggy with fur and his long hair and beard, with his big bag of presents and his elves dressed in traditional grey and red felt clothing and grey felt boots.
Today’s Santa Claus is the descendant of the old pagan animals who were thought to bring the gift of abundant food in the coldest part of the winter. In Europe, the Christians gradually replaced the stories of “Yule Goats” and “Yule Boars” with the stories of Saints or angels who brought gifts to good children. In the Netherlands, there was a special Saint, Niklaus, or “Klaus” as he was called, who brought gifts to children on his Name Day, December 6th. Even today, many European children, especially the Dutch and the Hungarians, put out their shoes to be filled with gifts by “Sinte Klaus” — Santa Claus.
In the United States, all of the European customs surrounding the Winter Solstice were brought in by immigrants from many lands. In the “melting pot” of many cultures, Santa Claus got his red and white clothes from one culture, his long white hair and beard from another. The giving of gifts moved from December 6th to the night before Christmas. In fact, the modern image of Santa Claus is derived from a poem written by Clement Moore for his family at Christmas, 1822. Illustrated copies of this poem have been popular Christmas presents ever since.
Santa Claus became another name for Joulupukki. He brings gifts to children in Finland first, because he lives in Finland. So children in Finland get to see him and sit on his lap, and pull his beard while the elves give out the presents. He used to wear an old sheepskin coat turned inside out so that he really looked like a goat, and he had goat horns made of straw on his head. He always had grey or white and red clothes underneath, but he kept his coat on in cold Finland. After Finnish and other Scandinavian children had gotten their gifts, he would go to America. Children there are not as lucky as Finnish children: American children are in bed asleep by the time Santa Claus comes. They hang up stockings instead of putting out shoes, because you can get more in a long stocking than you can in a shoe. It is warmer in America than in Finland, so Santa takes off his sheepskin coat there. These days, it is warmer inside the houses in Finland, too, so he often leaves off the coat even in Finland, too.
Santa’s Workshop is not exactly at the North Pole, as the Americans say it is, but it is so close that when Americans look in that direction it seems as if it were on the Pole. Actually, the Workshop where Santa makes all the toys and gifts is on the Arctic Circle, at Korvatunturi Fell near the city of Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland. Korva in Finnish means “Ear”, and “Tunturi” means “Fell”, the name for the rounded mountains in Lapland. Every year nearly half a million people visit Santa, or Joulupukki the Yule Goat, as the Finns still call him. Most of these people are from Great Britain, where Joulupukki is called “Father Christmas”, and Japan.
If you don’t believe me, just take a look on the internet. You can even ask Santa to write you a letter, or send him a letter, he has his own Main Post Office which gets millions of letters every year from all over the world. Unfortunately he does not yet have an elf who can write letters in Chinese. Perhaps one of you might decide to become that elf, and come to Finland to live in the Workshop on Korvatunturi Fell.
Finland is the “most wired” country in the world, with the most highly developed computer and mobile phone system and highest number of websites and homepages per capita. You can visit Santa on the internet, and learn about many different Finnish Yule customs at the following websites, all in English of course:
Finnish Christmas, Winter Solstice, and Yule Customs are at
Santa's Main Post Office is at
and Santa’s Workshop is at
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Well Santa better get his butt in gear and find something good for me... the old goat!
|Joulupukki voi olla ihan pelotava! At least, to some people he can be a bit scary. I've just left Finland where Joulupukki and his tontus were preparing for joulu. Since, he lives up there all year around, I hope to visit him in the summer when it would be easier to drive around Lappi. Good job, Goldie, on informing the peeps where Santa lives.|
he issavisga santa is real bam margera even went to his house in finland but he was at the bahamas but he is real my cuzzin will be mad cuzz she dont belive me