Christmas Day in Finland

In Finland, Christmas Eve is the time you spend with the extended family — your parents, your aunts and uncles, your siblings. Christmas Day is for staying home with your own family. You hang out with your own significant other and your own kids. Because you exchanged presents of Christmas Eve, you get to sleep in. Because you ate the big holiday meal the night before, you sleep in. Because you probably drank a lot… you sleep in. Some folks may go to church, but other than that, it’s a do-nothing day by design.

Today Katie and I plan on staying home and doing that essential nothing. We’ll watch Christmas movies, read books, and work a jigsaw puzzle currently taking up two-thirds of the kitchen table. I’m making ham for lunch, with mashed potatoes and green beans, and we’ll eat leftovers from that meal as dinner. It’s about as low-key as you can get. We’re quiet homebodies.

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