World Book’s Christmas in Finland is a richly illustrated, 80-page volume about Christmas traditions in Finland. The text and illustrations combine to show how people celebrate a favorite Finnish holiday, from its roots in pagan rituals to its continued relevance in modern times.
Christmas in Finland begins with the ways that people prepare for the holiday in their homes and in their cities. The book introduces the beloved figure of Joulupukki (Santa Claus), depicts how streets and homes are decorated, and describes the delectable foods families savor as part of the traditional Finnish celebration of Christmas. From straw and paper decorations on the tree to shopping in special Christmas bazaars, baking gingerbread, and unique customs specific to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Christmas in Finland captures the spirit of the holiday in this northern European land. Also included are details about other Finnish holidays that are celebrated at this time—St. Lucia Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Epiphany.
Christmas Around the World:
Christmas in Finland is a part of World Book’s Christmas Around the World series. Each volume includes detailed recipes for traditional Christmas foods, illustrated instructions for traditional national crafts, and words and music to beloved carols. The text is suitable for all grade levels.