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Official Finnish Christmas calendar: Days 18 to 20

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OK, so Mrs Santa got a little bit distracted by the festivities and the gingerbread baking, but it's still technically the Christmas season, so here is the penultimate edition of this year's governmental advent calendar of FINemojis. The final one will be posted very soon.

Day 18: Joulutorttu

The feeling of having one too many. (I'm not sure the wordplay is quite what they intented...)

The ‘joulutorttu’, a Christmas pastry, is served every Christmas, everywhere. Every year you burn your mouth on the first one – beware of the plum jam in the middle! The sweet taste and nostalgia make up for it. I tried this with apple (or was it apricot) jam rather than the classic plum for the first time this year. It turns out that sacrilege tastes quite good!

Day 19: Kalsarikännit

The feeling when you are going to get drunk home alone in your underwear – with no intention of going out.

A drink. At home. In your underwear. And there is a word for it. Kalsarikännit. Yup.

Day 20: Reindeer

Mixed feelings.

Finns love reindeer – in all forms. Reindeer are useful animals in many ways. They are cute but reindeer stew is delicious. You eat it with mashed potatoes and lingonberries.

See the post about Days 12--17 here, and links to the previous days at the end of that post.

2 years ago

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Thanks for posting the Official Finnish Christmas calendar days. I've enjoyed them. A lingot for you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johannesm1111

"...reindeer stew is delicious. You eat it with mashed potatoes and lingonberries."

I don't know about you lot, but at least here in Lapland we do not eat reindeer stew with mashed potatoes and lingonberries. Perhaps you meant reindeer meat. We call it poronkäristys. Reindeer stew is not nearly as common as poronkäristys.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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You should let the ministry of foreign affairs know. I'm just citing their calendar above. :-)

Wikipedia translates poronkäristys (which I also think is what the ministry is referring to) as sautéed reindeer. While probably correct in the culinary sense, it sounds awfully refined for käristys...

2 years ago

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Apparently some Swedes disapprove of jultårta, because they sort of look like swastikas. :D

2 years ago

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Wow! I had never heard that... :-)

They could instead go for this year's craze, the doggy one:

Or why not this angelic one (although I don't know how well it keeps it's shape when baked):

2 years ago

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The doggy ones look more like aliens from Star Wars than dogs. :)

2 years ago

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Are you sure those famous aliens aren't just really nasty Schnauzers? :-p

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Shows their dirty minds. I thought of a windmill.

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I love reindeer too. Yum yum :-D

2 years ago