It’s real – Santa’s village that is. Way up north, nestled in the freezing white of a winter wonderland. Us Finns have always known this. We call it Korvatunturi. Which roughly translated is ‘ear tundra’. Weird, right ?! Located to the north of Finland in the Arctic Circle, Santa’s Village is a hive of activity this time of the year.
The picture below shows our very own home based Santa’s village. As you can see, the elves are busy baking and making. Santa, in his many guises from mini-me’s to the jolly old ho-ho-ho supervise the workload. Rudolph pulls the sleigh with the Laplander in national costume seated in the sled. And of course, the log cabin.
The log cabin was a kit sent to son number one by his Finnish godmother when he was but a wee little lad of two. Every year since then it gets re-constructed and deconstructed. These days mostly by me. Way back when son number two was old enough to be hit by the green-eyed monster, there were fights about whose it was. He just couldn’t understand why he didn’t have one, doesn’t matter how much we explained where it had come from and who had sent it. And of course son number one claimed full ownership title. This one was not for sharing. Ever.
Children all over the world send letters to Santa Claus. You can just address them to Santa Claus, North Pole and he will get it. I know, because we did that when the kids were little. And he answers every letter. We got a Christmas newsletter one year in which he told us how he fell down the stairs in his hurry to get ready for Christmas. And how Mrs Claus had to step in and help out more than usual while he recovered from a broken leg. That worried the kids a little in case he wasn’t able to make his usual toy run. Of course he did!
Such wonderful memories evoked by our Christmas ornaments !
© Raili Tanska