Saturday, 21 December 2013

Christmas tree

... but no snow at sight. The little cabins look almost out of place on the market place in Järvenpää, but their Christmas tree is big and beautiful, especially after dark when the lights are shining.

Today is the shortest day of the year, Winter solstice. The darkness lasts for 16 hours and 15 minutes here where I live, and we have 58 minutes of dawn and dusk. At the top of Finland the last sunrise for the year was on November 25th, and the next sunrise will be on January 18th next year. This is a long country! But we'll be catching up rapidly, and in three months our day and night are the same as yours, wherever you are.


  1. You don't have any snow and we haven't had enough rain. Seems we the weather is out of rhythm.

  2. It's been an odd "Winter" everywhere. Our snow is now melted and has been replaced by rain. That is a lovely tall tree. One evening we'll driving around town looking at all of the lighted houses and decorations.

  3. I wonder if you'll ever get to use your new boots much this winter! I can imagine how beautiful the tree must be at night. Do you know what kind of pine this is, Ulla? It's long and flowy like a Norwegian pine but I don't believe they withstand the cold.


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