Helsinki Christmas street & Slavic folklore patterns

Helsinki, -3 degrees

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What could be better than sitting on the couch in front of the Christmas tree and watching the snowfall outside?

As predicted, a snow storm hit Helsinki on Wednesday evening and the snow hasn't stopped swirling since then. I'm happy that we finally have snow in my beautiful city! Now the Christmas Street truly looks like a proper Christmas Street should! Everywhere I go, my heart is filled with a warm feeling that follows me. I love this time of year; when one gets to wear sweaters, comfty scarves, sweatpants, draw on frosted windows, smell oranges and mandarins as people eat then on the trams, drink hot drinks like mulled wine, hot chocolate and tea, when branches covered with snow delight me with their beauty.
Red has definitely been one of the colors that have inspired me the most this autumnal and yey, winter season, so when I found this lovely red dress with a unique pattern on Ellos, I thought it was just right for me. It reminds me of rich and bold Slavic folklore prints which I find fascinating!


Which kind of patterns have fascinated you this season?

Here's today's story about Finnish Christmas:

The Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree is brought home on December 24 at the latest. A star is placed at the top of the tree and the branches are adorned with sweets, elves, stars and apples, the latter relating to Adam and Eve: in the Finnish calendar, Christmas Eve is the name day of both Adam and Eve. The rural gentry and wealthy townsfolk began to adopt Christmas trees in the 1820s. The earliest account of a Christmas tree inside a Finnish home dates from the year 1829, when Helsinki dignitary Baron Klinckowström placed eight of them in his reception rooms.
The population at large started adopting the tradition in the 1870s, first in the southwest and later in other regions. By the early 20th century, the Christmas tree was becoming a familiar sight in almost all Finnish homes.
There was a public outdoor Christmas tree in the town of Tampere in 1894. Helsinki authorities have placed a Christmas tree on Senate Square every year since 1930.
Helsinki has also donated a Christmas tree to Brussels every year since 1954, just as Oslo, Norway, sends one for Trafalgar Square in London.

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When do you usually get your Christmas tree? Happy Friday!

16 comments

  1. we usually get our Christmas tree a few days before the 24th, not earlier. what about you? I know some people already have their trees at home.
    your red dress is gorgeous btw. I remember we used to have Ellos catalogue in Estonia when I was a little girl but not anymore for some reason..

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi – part of me

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    1. At my mom's place we usually put up the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and decorate it only then, but I think Christmas trees in shops and public should be up all December!
      Thank you for your compliment!

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  2. Great post honey!!
    Sorry for not comment more but this past two weeks was so busy!
    Thanks so much for visit all my post! I really appreciate it!
    Big kiss!

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  3. wow. i dont know why but in my city snow only causes problems, maybe i hate to visit yours to discover the beauty of it..


    love the red dress, you look amazing on it!
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  4. Love that dress, it is absolutely stunning!

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    1. Thank you Francesca for your super kind words!

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  5. Happy December dear, hope you're having a wonderful weekend! The dress is so pretty, love the ethnic design. The snow sounds wonderful it does add a more magical appeal to this festive season.

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  6. Kaunis mekko! :) Ja ihana jouluinen postaus muutenkin.. Perjantai myräkkä tosin ei ollut kovin ihana, kun meinasi lähteä lentoon! Mutta on kyllä paljon kauniimman ja valoisamman oloista, kun ollaan saatu lunta. Se tekee joulun odotuksesta tuhansin verroin mukavampaa :)

    Satu
    Indie by heart

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    1. Kiitos ihana Satu! Myrsky on tunnelmallinen kunhan pysyy sisällä, haha! Olen samaa mieltä lumen merkityksestä!

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  7. Lovely post :)Your blog is so stylish I really like it! I just followed you :)
    would you like to follow me back via bloglovin and gfc?
    Have a nice week!
    xoxo

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  8. No snow in England yet :( Cute outfit! x


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