On Saturday was the opening of my sewing club's Christmas Shop in Villa Cooper. Gingerbread and hot glögiwas served, and the house seemed to be full of customers. I tried to take some pictures, but it was difficult in the crowded house. I will need to go there on a more quiet day. Here you have some views:
Notice the special candle on the table! Everything here is made by members of the club, and for sale.
Table runners, and pottery.
The true Santa's helpers look something like this, and they are called tonttu (tomte if they speak Swedish). You can keep your elves in their green tights. The true Santa Claus lives in Korvatunturi in Finland, and his office is on the Polar Circle. (The North Pole is just ICE on water, if you don't mind me telling you.)
When they grow older, like 250 years or so, their beards are long already. They don't usually want to be seen.
Christmas is the most important time for candle burning, and these candles are especially festive. The blue and white ones are for Independence Day, December 6th. They are the colours of the Finnish flag.
More pictures will follow after my next visit to the shop.