Santa Claus is the great hero of the Finnish holiday season. As just about everyone knows, he lives in northern Finland and helps spread the joy of Christmas all over the world.
Korvatunturi, the mountain in Finnish Lapland where Santa Claus makes his home, lies 1000 kilometres north of the capital, Helsinki. He lives there with his wife and hundreds of elves. From the top of Korvatunturi, they can hear the Christmas wishes of all the children in the world - writes finland.fi.
For Finnish kids, the countdown to Christmas begins during Advent, when the streets are decorated. Children and adults alike have fun opening windows on Advent calendars, one window a day until Christmas Eve. Usually the windows reveal light-hearted Christmas pictures, although the flaps sometimes conceal chocolate or other small gifts.
During Advent – and other times of year as well – Santa may have time to appear and spread Christmas cheer in towns around Finland and beyond. People often ask him about the elves he works with, and in warmer countries folks also want to know about reindeer – and snow.
The glow of snow and cold