Today is a December day at its best: snow on the ground, no wind, minus 10 degrees and the sun is shining for a little while. No more waiting, it is Christmas Eve, and we get to open the gifts tonight already!
December started with Santa's arrival to Järvenpää, as usual in a sleigh on wheels, pulled by his faithfull Finnhorse Uuras. Unfortunately my photo didn't catch the whole horse.
Here is a portrait of him from an earlier visit when we had some snow too in early December:
Santa greeted us, his little tonttu elves were not looking very happy in the cold wind.
The parade included several sport clubs and such, but they were not carrying any signs with their names so we had to guess who they were.
This group at least was obviously dog friends
or maybe sheep farmers? Or are those dogs with reindeer antlers?
I have been making little gifts
in red and white
and socks in many sizes
some so dark I could hardly see what I was knitting.
Other gifts were mailed before I remembered to take photos, and some will not be shown before Christmas for obvious reasons.
We started feeding the birds again in October after a long Summer break. Surprisingly, the bullfinches come in biggest numbers, 6 to 15 at a time, but there are great tits, blue tits, coal tits, willow tits and even long tailed tits (who are not really tits any more but have their own group name) regularly coming to enjoy their sunflower seeds. Today we saw a tree creeper again, jays (Eurasian Jay) come often just like magpies. Sometimes the blackbird (Turdus merula) visits, they may stay here fort he Winter. We have just a little snow now, enough to make the world seem less black.