Christmas treats🎄

Happy holidays everybody!🤍

As much as there are different countries in the world, there are different traditions and things that are specific only to certain cultures. In this post I'm focusing on the Estonian and Finnish Christmas food. The cultural background of these two countries is quite similar, so we do spend our Christmas mostly in the same way.

Here you can see what Estonians and Finns typically eat during Christmas. Some things are similar but there are also many differences.☺️

Estonian Christmas food                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
▫️Sauerkraut (hapukapsas)                 
▫️Marinated pumpkins                         
▫️Headcheese (sült)                              
▫️Potatoe salad (kartulisalat)               
▫️Russian salad (rosolje)
▫️Blood sausage (verivorst) with cranberry sauce
▫️Meat (pork, goose, turkey)    
▫️Desserts: gingerbreads (piparkoogid), different cakes / pies
▫️Glogg (glögi)

Finnish Christmas food

▫️ Different fishes: whitefish (lipeäkala), salmon
      (lohi), herring (silli)
▫️Ham (kinkku)
▫️Liver casserole (maksalaatikko)
▫️Carrot casserole (porkkanalaatikko)
▫️Potatoe casserole (perunalaatikko)
▫️Rutabaga casserole (lanttulaatikko)
▫️Sweet potatoe casserole (bataattilaatikko)
▫️Beetroot salad (rosolli)
▫️Desserts: gingerbreads (piparkakut), rice porridge,
     Christmas tart (joulutorttu), cakes. 
▫️Glogg (glögi)

Estonians don't have the tradition of eating rice porridge and putting an almond inside of it. In Finland there is a belief that the person who finds the almond in the porridge is going to be happy. In Estonia we don't have different casseroles for Christmas celebrations either.

Christmas is all about being with a family and close ones, making gifts, being present in a moment, silence, looking back on the year. 

I hope you have had nice Christmas!🎄💫
Enjoy the last days of 2021!🌟

I'm spending my holidays in my hometown Jõgeva in Estonia and here you can see some pictures and videos of my Christmas time. 


Jõgeva - the capital of cold of Estonia.



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