Sunday 16 December 2018

Busy December

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.


  1. Looks like you had a gret time Ulla... Wonderful pictures :-)

  2. Our Santa Claus parade is usually at the end of November which is a shame. I think that's too early. Your parade is at just the right time. Thanks for the photos. The little birds are oh so cute. Perhaps you could make a bird wall hanging so you can see them any time of the year.

  3. Love seeing your Santa Parade. Thanks for including the front of Uuras as well as the back. Love the birds! We don't get many birds here. Your socks look so warm. Recipients will enjoy them. And your candle holders are so interesting. Kitchen towels? Thanks for sharing.

  4. A fun parade . how cute are Santa's little helpers.
    Lovely gifts you've made for everyone.
    Such cute birds coming for a feed..

  5. Yes the elves did look a little cold. Perhaps there is less wind in the North Pole? What beautifully presented gifts you have made! Socks are always a welcome gift even the too dark to see ones. lol I was interested in seeing what breeds of dogs are common in Finland. Thanks for sharing. I didn't see many bullfinches this year but there have been a lot of chaffinches.


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