I wish you all a merry Christmas! Were ever you are.
It is the darkest season in the northern hemisphere, and here in the very north the days still shorten day by day for a little time longer. After winter solstice it will slowly get better, although winter proper is still ahead. A good excuse for nice Christmas lights then..
The official Christmas shopping street of Helsinki, Aleksanterinkatu has beautiful lights in the winter.
Shopping centers also have pretty decorations, ’tis the season for spending money after all..
Winter does make many places more photogenic than they normally would be. Especially those views that are maybe “too” familiar. Yet with snow and a bit of light they are transformed into something spectacular.
Christmas in part is nice this year as I get to spend time with family and enjoy the brighter time of the day outside. Noneed to sit on the computer all day long.
Joulun alla shoppailun tuoksinassa oli miellyttävä vetäytyä hetkeksi Jumbon vilskeestä ja vilinästä Flamingon puolelle syömään.
Flamingosta löytyy useita tuttuja paikkoja kuten La Famiglia ja Amarillo sekä Il Sicialono. Nälkään sopi tällä kertaa wokkeja ja susheja pääasiassa tarjoava Food Court.
Paikka oli sopivan tunnelmallinen ja hetkessä unohti hektisen kauppakeskuksen ja rauhoittui ruoan ääreen.
Ruoaksi valitsin beef wokin eli tuttavallisemmin sen naudanlihaa sisältäneen vaihtoehdon. Nuudelit kuuluivat luonnollisesti annokseen.
Ensimmäisen suuhun laitetun annoksen jälkeen oli todettava että kovin polttaa. Annoksessa meinaan oli kunnolla maustetta ja jytyä. Erinomaista! Eat.fi mukaan lounasajan nuudelit olivat olleet lötköjä, mutta ainakin illemmalla sellaista ei ollut havaittavissa. Nuudelit olivat juuri sopivia ja annos myös kooltaan ja hintalaadultaan hyvä. Jumboon/Flamingoon eksyvälle erinomainen vaihtoehto.
Food is a important part of festivities in the Christmas time. Tasty dinners are eaten at home and most companies tend to arrange some sort of Christmas dinners as well, budget permitting of course.
Cheers you up when the weather looks like this..
Just a couple pictures from the traditional Christmas market aka Tuomaan markkinat which has now for two seasons been at Senaatintori. Before that it was traditionally in the Esplanadi -park.
People shopping for gifts and souvenirs.
Very nice atmosphere although the wind was a bit harsh with the sea so close by. I need to go there again to actually buy something and take more photos. Good to note that most of these places are cash only so you need to be prepared.
Finland celebrates her Independence day on the 6th of December. It is naturally a national holiday and practically everything is closed. In the evening most of the nation turns the tv on for watching the Independence Reception from the Presidential Palace.
My own independence day started off with a nice Dr Who marathon (great British sci-fi series), continued with a very long photowalk along nearly deserted streets and paths.
It was snowing practically all day long and walking along the path my head started to play on repeat the classic Christmas song -Walking in a winterwonderland. Lovely song, very annoying when it spins in your head for a while..
Snow started to build up even on the heads of moving people.
Stream running towards the sea was still mostly open as the it hasn’t been ultra cold yet.
The bay was however iced up. Not so thick as to be safe for moving around on, but thick enough to carry the built up snow and probably the most brave have been moving on ice already.
Lights and candles in trees. It is the darkest time of the year over here.
A small pond was totally frozen up. In the summer this is a nice place to stay and look at the birds swimming in the pond.
More Christmas lights to cheer us up!
Snowed in car and the light fading fast. It was time to go inside..
The independence day was a great day to cook inside and eat rather slowly. This steak was excellent and the cheesed up wedge potatoes with veggies and homemade sauce complimented it nicely. For drink, Julmust, a Swedish Christmas drink. Lovely day all in all.