For me, one of the big pros of living in Finland is the Christmas season. In the Netherlands 'Sinterklaas' is celebrated on the 5th of December and because of this the Christmas season is quite short. Here, however, no 'Sinterklaas' is celebrated and therefore the first Christmas decorations on the streets already started appearing two weeks ago. I was overjoyed when I saw the first displays! Of course I took pictures that I'll share here with you. Above the Christmas trees in front of Stockmann (the biggest department store).
My father came to visit me this weekend and one of the things we did was drink some 'glögi' (Finnish muled wine with almonds and raisins) at Kappeli. Easily the most beautiful restaurant in the city, Kappeli opened its doors in 1867! When I saw the Christmas tree there I had to take another picture to show you how nice it looked. The only thing missing at the moment is of course snow! Although it's quite cold there is now snow yet. Hopefully Santa will hear my wish and send some snow to Helsinki!