Declaration of Christmas Peace

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEvery nation has its own unique and special traditions. It brings an extra spice to the country and unites its people. One such tradition is the Declaration of Christmas Peace and is an integral part of the Christmas celebration in Turku, Finland. A tradition that dates back to roughly 1320.

This year I got to take part in the celebration as we were in Turku visiting Spaceman’s family for the holidays. The day was beautiful with the sun shining upon fresh snow and everyone gathered in excited anticipation.  The speech is televised throughout the country so Spaceman and I tried to nab a spot in front of one of the cameras to wave to his family, but we chose the wrong camera (I knew we should have been on the right side, just saying). In any event, we had a great time participating in the celebration (did you know that when a thousand plus people clap with gloves/mittens on it sounds like a muffled rain storm?).

The Declaration of Christmas Peace reminds us all to celebrate in harmony with one another, to warn those who may want to cause trouble during this time that there will be harsh consequences, and to wish everyone a very merry Christmas.

Here are some highlight pictures from the day:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                                  (the reading of the speech)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                               (the military band accompaniment)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                                                       (us enjoying the celebration)


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