Yesterday I went to see the Christmas parade in town, as I had never been there before. There were elves, naturally, in their red suits.
There was an angel, or Lucia, or a snow queen, I couldn't tell which, but she was wearing white.
Animals were invited to march too, and so there was an alpaca, favourite of many children.
Next came many dogs walking with their owners, some very small ones came first
and some really big ones followed:
More tonttu elves, and a pig looking very satisfied as she was not going to end up on a Christmas dinner table. We traditionally eat ham at Christmas.
And finally there was the clipiti clop of horse shoes and ringing of bells as the most important person, Joulupukki, arrived
I had to take this picture of Santa's sleigh when he went to talk with the children. This is a very old Finnish ryijy rug, all worn out (the blue spots) by hard use. Rugs like this were originally used for warmth in sleighs and as bed covers with the furry side facing the sleeper. The wool yarn has been dyed with plants, and some colours have been harder on the wool than the brown and the pink. In this link you can read more about this traditional textile.
They lit the lights in the big Christmas tree at the square, but I will show it later when I can take a picture when it is dark.
Today I thought I should start my Christmas crafting, so I made this wreath for our door. By the time I was making the last quarter, I was getting the idea how it should be done. Next time I'll try to make a round base ring.
All sewing has bee so secret that I don't have anything to show you this time. Enjoy the Advent time and remember to take time to notice the nice smells of baking, the favourite songs you hear and the beautiful flowers and decorations starting to show up everywhere.