The Feast of Stephen in Finland

Christmas is a three-day holiday in Finland so everything is still closed on the 26th, the Feast of Stephen. You might find a few restaurants and convenience stores open if you look hard enough, but most people have stocked up on essential items so they won’t have to. It’s the day to spend with friends…

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Christmas Eve in Finland

Christmas Eve is the big day in Finland, not just the warm up the way it is in the United States. Almost everything is closed, and the few things that are open shut down by noon. That’s when the Christmas Peace is declared in Turku, the old capital city, as it has every December 24th…

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Thanksgiving in Finland

Happy Thanksgiving, wherever you are. As I write this it’s 9:46 a.m. in Finland. The weather here could go either way — some reports are calling for snow, others for rain. It’s flurrying right now, but not sticking. On the East Coast of the United States it’s 2:46 a.m., technically Thanksgiving day, although I suspect…

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