Merry Christmas!

Santa Claus is coming tonight! 😀 It’s going to be a long day. We are going to my sister’s house in the afternoon. She’s coming around 2 pm. In a little while my niece Alec is coming too. Don’t ask me how we are going to smuggle the Christmas gifts out of the house without him noticing… Mum will have to distract him somehow while I sneak out of the house when my sister gets here.

Some pictures from earlier in the morning… The car received his gifts early in the morning. 🙂 He got cat sausages (he eats one every day), two small tin cans of food, a bag of “Party snacks”. He also got another gift that is not in this picture. Tiny “Crunchy Crunches” which he loved! Thanks, Linda! He loved his new toy, a fluffy pink ball with some fuchsia strips of fur attached to a long black stick.

The gingerbread house we made yesterday and it was tricky this year. Both the roof parts were totally cracked in half. 😦 I had to glue them with icing and let them dry before I added the decorations (candy and more icing). I added the vertical stripe of icing where it was cracked, because I thought it would hold it together better. The other piece of roof also has striped, but vertical ones.

When we glued the sides of the house together we had to wait several minutes for the icing to stick the house together. We had all four parts joined (the two long sides and the two short sides), we thought it was OK to let go and, crash, all the four sides collapsed! 😦 So we had to make more icing and start over again. Eventually we got it glued together. The chimney was also tricky. It didn’t want to stay together at all and I was ready to give up on the chimney. But that too was fixed in the end.

Our goal with the gingerbread house is that it’s glued together and stands. It doesn’t matter how it looks like. I am not good at decorate with icing. But it’s ok. It’s surrounded by candles and other decorations and you don’t notice the many flaws it has.

The cat hates his Santa hat. Today I got it to stay on the head of the cat long enough so I could take a few pictures. But the cat looked a bit annoyed. 😉 He doesn’t need to have it.

On December 22 I made Eiskonfekt in the evening. I don’t have any pictures of that. I do have pictures from last year. I was not going to make any this year, but my sister-in-law told my sister that may be I should make some. So I made 41 (there was an extra cup in one of the boxes!). I always put crushed mint candies in the cups first and then I also add a few drops of mint flavor into the mix of coconut fat and chocolate.

 

Lots of gingerbreads! :D

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Started baking gingerbreads at 7 am this morning! 😀 About an hour later the big glass jar was filled and some we had to put in the metallic box. 137 cookies this year! 🙂

The dough was made yesterday, because it has to be in the refrigerator over the night.

The best part of baking gingerbreads is to eat the last little bit of dough when no more cookies can be cut out of the dough! 😀 Yummy!

I watched a movie until 1.15 am last night… So I was a little tired while baking. But I took a nap after the baking was done.

Today we will probably make the gingerbread house (we buy the parts in a box, then decorate it and glue the pieces together with icing). We might also get the tree today. I am not sure.

 

Independence Day

Happy 98th birthday to Finland! 😀

A cloudy day, no rain but pretty strong winds, +4 C. I started the day by going to a market at a school. Hundreds of people in a small space. Difficult to see what they were selling.

On my way to the market I took photos of the creature in the first picture. It’s made of fir tree branches, over a wooden structure. It was built on November 28 and will stay there until January. It’s very tall, several meters! The largest in Finland.

At the market square I also took a blurry picture of the Finnish flag. It’s zoomed in quite a lot.

On my way home I noticed a little flood. I had to cycle on the grass to get around it. It’s the little pond close to home that’s got a little too much water…

In the afternoon I went back to the market square to listen to two men choirs singing songs. A few speeches were also made. The event ended with everyone singing the national anthem. Difficult to take pictures in the dark.

At home, the cat wanted to take a look at the elevator. It sometimes does that when I get home. As I had the camera I decided to take a few pictures of it. 🙂

The final picture shows the two candles that were burning in the window between 6 pm and 7 pm. That’s a tradition.

It’s also tradition to watch the ball from the president’s palace. He invited about 1800 people to dance, eat and drink.

Finnish independence day is much about honoring and remembering the veterans from the wars. Most of them are now in their 90s and they are the first ones to enter the palace when they open the doors at 7 pm. All the guests arrive in a queue, shaking hands with the president and his wife.

They are still showing live from the president’s palace, but now I am going to watch a movie.

 

 

Crocheted dolls

Late last night I stitched together the green doll. The blue one I finished before starting on the green one. So now they are both done! 😀 It was my sister-in-law that wanted me to crochet them for her brother’s daughters to give for Christmas.

The first picture of the cat is from November 22. But it was still in the camera when I moved the pictures from the camera to the computer. He looks so cute in that first picture! 🙂 The third one is from this morning.

The cat woke us up before 7 am. It didn’t help to tell him that it is Sunday!

I am knitting socks for my niece. One is done, the other I have started on. I will continue knitting later today.