A Story about Santa Claus

As we are all aware, the genuine Santa Claus has always lived far, far away at Korvatunturi in Finnish Lapland. There he has his secretive home and workshops as well as the gift storehouse and many, many other buildings.

The extraordinary thing about this is that the road to Korvatunturi is only known by Santa Claus himself, his elves and of course his trusted reindeer. When looking on a map one can easily find the location of Korvatunturi (483 metres high).

Korvatunturi is a mysterious place where the elves can listen to the children as well as the adults to hear whether they are being good or bad. The elves listen carefully to everyone’s undertakings and write their observations into the huge notebooks. Generally they record only positive observations in the books, but if necessary they will also note down tantrums, grumbling and spiteful behavior, which from time to time can accidentally happen. Especially before Christmas, the elves are known to move about the homes and in the neighborhoods of children making close observations about the children’s behavior and their kindness.

Just before Christmas, Santa Claus examines all the comments in the huge notebooks and carefully chooses delightful gifts for all the kind and good children. In the case there is a note on misbehavior, Santa Claus may also arrive with his disapproval. Happily in the past few years there have been fewer and fewer of these incidents because most children have been good.

Are you aware that in Finland, Santa’s home country, he personally delivers all the gifts to the kind children? As he arrives in the home he always asks the confirming question: “Ho, Ho, Ho, are there any nice children here?” The children often sing a short song to Santa and also promise to be good the following year.

Then Santa, with the help of the children to read the labels, deals out the gifts. In many other countries Santa Claus delivers the gifts to the children’s homes while they are asleep. In the morning the parents give the gifts to their children, at that time Santa Claus is well on his way back to Korvatunturi.

The Santa Claus Village > A long time ago Santa decided to meet and be with people at other times of the year. Consequently, after many surveys, with the help of his good friends, he decided to build his own village close to the town of Rovaniemi, at the point where the highway north crosses the magical Arctic Circle. Santa Claus desired to have an international airport close to his village, where visitors from all corners of the globe would easily be able to come and visit him. He also wished to have a town nearby, in order that visitors would be able to stay and safely witness the northern way of life and nature with experienced guides. All these requirements have been fulfilled at the present location in Rovaniemi, at the Arctic Circle.

Today, at the Santa Claus village, Santa has his own building with his personal office and reception. By the way, Santa has brought a small collection of his many big books from Korvatunturi. The books may be admired in the shelves, but visitors cannot peek at the contents. That right is only reserved for Santa Claus and his elves.

Santa Claus received hundreds of thousands of letters from all over the world last year. The letters come to Santa Claus Main Post Office. The Santa Claus Greeting Center and the Philately Club in Rovaniemi help Santa Claus and Santa Claus Main Post Office to open every letter. All stamps from the envelopes that Santa Claus has received, are sold in special stamp auction. The profit is donated to Unicef to benefit children in developing countries. The magnificent Lapland where Santa Village situated Lapland’s pure and serene nature is a wonderful setting for all your pursuits.

Come and feel the tug of nature s energy! People of all ages will find things to do, see and experience in Lapland. Whether you love peace and quiet, or whether you have in mind an active or cultural holiday, you can give free rein to your wishes in Lapland. Come to Lapland with your family or friends and you will always be well received and attended by some of the best people in the world. The reindeer is an inherent part of Lapland’s nature and is one of the North’s favorite animals.

The 200,000 strong reindeer stock is an essential source of livelihood for Lapland s people. The golden eagle can also be spotted in Lapland. The birch groves are home to other birds common in Lapland the meadow pipit, the Lapland s most common predator, roams the forests. Wolves and arctic foxes are rare. You can also come across bears in the forests of eastern Lapland or on the lower slopes of the fells. The most common bird of prey is the rough-legged buzzard. Other northern birds include the snow bunting, the willow grouse and the Siberian jay.

Birds found typically in the heaths of Lapland are the golden plover; by the rapids, the water ouzel; and in the peatlands, the sandpiper, the ruff, the crane and the bean goose. The different parts of Lapland are clearly distinct. The south and the west are maritime, they have rivers and rich flora. Central and eastern Lapland are known for their tree-covered fells. Northern Lapland is more barren, and only stunted deciduous trees and bushes grow above the tree limit.

The domes of the fells are bare and easy to cross. Pine, usually accompanied by lichen, dominates Lapland s forests. Nature, forests, waterways and the landscape have had a profound effect on the lives of Lapland s inhabitants. The shamans, who are also known to have dwelled in Lapland, based their beliefs on natural phenomena and the course of life and nature.

Christmas in Finland > Christmas is celebrated from 24th to 26th of December in Finland. Many Finnish people start to prepare Christmas in November, making Christmas decorations for their homes and for the Christmas tree. They also bake gingerbread cookies and prune tarts. Stores are lighted by Christmas lights even as early as the beginning of December. Children start counting down to Christmas Day. Most of them have their own Christmas calendar with some great pictures of the Christmas theme or even with some chocolate caramel!

Christmas tree is picked up from one’s own forest or bought from a tree seller for Christmas Eve. The traditional warm feeling of Christmas is much reflected when family members come together to decorate the Christmas tree. In Finland the Proclamation of Christmas Peace is declared on Christmas Eve at noon and thereafter people adjoin for Christmas in their homes.

Christmas Eve starts with a tasty rice porridge breakfast. Christmas gospel is read in many families. Later in the day families enjoy delicious Christmas dinner: ham or sometimes turkey with homemade mustard, fish, Swede casserole, carrot casserole and potato casserole with a traditional cold Finnish salad.

Santa Claus comes on Christmas Eve to the houses where there are little children. He wears a red coat, vest and linen shirt and warm boots. When he comes, he always asks: “Are there any well-behaved children in this house?” If you have been good during the whole year then Santa Claus as expected brings with him the nicest gifts. All Finnish children know that Santa Claus can also bring some brushwood if they have not been good but traditionally Santa Claus has never needed to bring any brushwood to anyone.

Singing Christmas carols, visiting churches and cemeteries, enjoying Christmas delicacies and Christmas Eve’s sauna are the typical sights of Christmas. It is a nostalgic moment when adults recall their good old childhood Christmas.

Christmas day is spent with family but the next day, Boxing Day, is customary a day to visit relatives and friends. Christmas tree is taken down on the Twelfth Day to mark the ending of Christmastide. After Christmas, people start to look forward to New Year.

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