Meet real Santa (and his animals) at Korvatunturi.


ADVENT CALENDAR 20.12. (Rosolli salad)

Today 20.12. my calendar will show you how to make traditional Finnish rosolli salad.

There is two different videos and two different ways to make it. The first one is the most typical way to do it, but in my mind rosolli absolutely needs also herring and onion (which are not included in that video). Many people don’t use herring in rosolli cause everybody doesn’t like that. I love it! It gives great salty taste to salad. It also depend which part of Finland you (or your family) are from whether you use it or not.

The alternate version (made by famous Finnish chef Hans Välimäki) looks interesting too. This was totally new way to me to make rosolli salad. I think I should try it!

Rosolli salad is great with gravlax and cooked potatoes as a starter dish.

Good night!


19. advent calendar will send you greetings from shopping centre ”Sello” (Espoo). There was this beautiful golden reindeer outside…

In addition I want to recommend you this glogg I bought today from Lidl. It’s flavoured with saffron and it’s very aromatic and smooth glogg (alc 2,2%)! It’s really good! I think I need more soon. (It’s only 0,5l bottle, so it will empty quickly!)

Good night!

ADVENT CALENDAR 18.12. (Shared time with close ones)


Tv is ful of Christmas commersial where the main thing is to get us buy something. We should buy this and we should buy that.

Presents are needles. Of course children like presents but I don’t think adults need those. Usually presents are anyway something quite useless. Some trinkets, cups or mugs everybody already have more than they even need… You can spare your money…for something you really need!

The most important thing in Christmas is something else than presents. The most important thing is your closest one; your family, close relatives (and close friends). People are the main thing, not presents. Shared time is precious. You’ll never know how much there is that time left. One day you can be alone, and when that day comes, you don’t miss the presents, you miss people!

ADVENT CALENDAR 17.12. (Christmas street opening)

Joulun aika (poem)

Joulun aika, sen satumainen taika, saapunut luoksemme on.

Ystävyyttäsi toisille jaa, kukaan riitaa haastaa ei saa.

Free translation

Christmas time
(Christmas time with it’s fairytaily magic have came upon us.

Friendship to others share, no-one can defy fight.)


It’s already 17.12. The days are flying like birds…

If you want to get on Christmas mood, do watch my video from the traditional opening of Christmas street at Helsinki (Aleksander’s street).

Good night!

ADVENT CALENDAR 16.12. (Childhood christmases)

Let’s see what todays calendar is about…

…Right it’s about my childhood christmases which were so lovely! I will never forget those days. Being with my grandma, playing with the christmas tree decorations (like the tree is the forest where those elves, angels and birds are living), waiting anxiously for presents opening and then in the evening playing with those new toys…

In those photos you can see my parents and my grandma (passed away 1996). All of those photos are taken in late 80’s and in early 90’s. In that last photo I’m dancing ballet which I was doing almost all the time by those times. As you can see my grandma is applausing to me gladly…

Have a nice day!

ADVENT CALENDAR 15.12. (”Taivas sisälläni”= Heaven In Me)älläni-heaven-me.html

This is a beautiful song by famous Finnish singer: Kaija Koo. I just saw an old tv-program where Kaija told that this song was recorded a week before sinking of cruise boat ”Estonia” (28.9.1994.).

That boat was on its way to Stockholm from Estonia. This was a big catastrophe at Baltic Sea and it touched whole Finland. There was some fins in that boat. 989 passengers on that boat 852 died.

This song can be connected to ”Estonias” sinking. If you read those lyrics you’ll understand (or just listening the song if you’re Finnish)!

Have a nice weekend!