MOVIE TIME: JOULUTARINA

I know my Christmas blogmas is over, but I saw this movie a few days ago and I really liked it so I felt like sharing it with you.


Joulutarina in a Finnish movie about how Santa Clause became Santa Claus.

Nikolas is a little boy who becomes orphan after his parents and his little sister die in an accident. Since he has no family left, the locals from the village he lives in decide to raise him communally. So every family takes care of him for one year then passes him on to the other one.

Feeling grateful for what the villagers are doing for him, Nikolas starts whittling toys made out of wood, which, each Christmas, he leaves behind as gift. This soon became a tradition, so every year he made more and more toys that he left at the doorstep of every family that took care of him.

When one year the villagers could no longer take care of him, he is taken in by a grumpy old man, Issaki, as his carpenter apprentice. The old man works Nikolas hard, but the little boys is clever and quick to learn so Issaki soon starts to grow fond of him.

As time passes by, Nikolas lives more and more for the spirit of Christmas and it soon becomes his life. Every year he would deliver wooden toys to every children from the village, without them knowing who delivered them, so Nikolas soon became to be what we know today as Santa Claus.

What I liked about this movie is the fact that is different. It has nothing of the Christmas extravaganza we are used to when it comes to Christmas movies. It might be because it is a Finnish production and not an American one, but I was still pleasantly surprised.

It’s a very simple movie, no flashy colors, no loud characters, nothing of the craziness we know. But I think this is what makes it great. It makes you feel closer to the story and closer to the characters. It tells a very different story of the one we heard of, one that could actually be real for a change.

All in all, this a movie I recommend wholeheartedly. It’s a 9.5/10 for me.

P.S. The movie is in Finnish since it’s a Finnish production.

Alex D.

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DAY 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

It’s Christmas day everybody!! Merry Christmas!!!

Today is the last day of my Christmas series and I hope you all enjoyed what I’ve been posting this past month! To be honest  I can’t believe I managed to post everyday, but I’m really happy I did it!

Anyways, I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope you are all surrounded by your loved ones, because in the end this is what Christmas is about.Being happy, content, grateful and surrounded by your family and friends!

See you soon!

Alex D.

DAY 24: A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS

I read this poem some time ago and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside so I thought this is the perfect post for Christmas Eve!

A Visit From Saint Nicholas

a poem by Clement Clarke Moore

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all! ”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle,
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.

Poem taken from: poemhunter.com

Merry Christmas Eve!

Alex D.

DAY 23: HOW TO SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

Merry Christmas! Happy Christmas! Happy holidays! So many ways in which you can say it… But what about saying it in other languages? How awesome would that be, right? Maybe you want to impress someone, or maybe you just want to impress yourself… Haha

Well, fear not! I am here you help! Below you can find how to say MERRY CHRISTMAS in several languages (other than than English).

Enjoy!

Romanian: Crăciun fericit!

German: Frohe Weihnachten!

Spanish: Feliz Navidad!

Dutch/Flemish: Vrolijk Kerstfeest!

Italian: Buon Natale!

Portuguese: Feliz Natal!

French: Joyeux Noël!

Bulgarian: Vesela Koleda!

Czech: Vesele Vanoce!

Greek: Kala Christouyenna!

Indonesian: Selamat Natal!

Norwegian: Gledelig Jul!

Swiss: Schöni Wiehnachte!

Thai: Suk sarn warn Christmas!

Japanese: Meri Kurisumasu!

Now, I know these are only a few of all the languages of the world, but I think for now it’s enough. You can’t learn all of them at once anyway! Haha.

If I wrote any of them wrong I am sorry!

Also, how do you say Merry Christmas in your language?

Alex. D

DAY 22: CARTOON CHRISTMAS SPECIALS

I love watching cartoons. So whenever I feel nostalgic about my childhood I go back to the cartoons I watched when I was little. During this time of year my ‘go to’ episodes are,  of course, Christmas specials. That’s why I want to share with you some of my favorite episodes from when I was little. ENJOY!

Life with Louie – A Surprise for Mrs. Stillman

Life with Louie – Family Portrait

The Fairytaler – The Snowman

The Fairytaler – The Fir Tree

Franklin – Franklin’s Christmas Gift

These are some of my favorite Christmas cartoon episodes. Which are your favorites?

Alex D.

DAY 21: CHRISTMAS QUOTES – PART 2

Earlier this month (on the 12th of December) I made another post with some of my favorite Christmas quotes. Today, it’s time to share with you some other quotes about the winter holidays that I like.

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” ― Dr. Seuss

“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!” ― Dave Barry

“Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer…. Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously? ” ― Bill Watterson

“I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.” ― Norman Vincent Peale

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ― Peg Bracken

“Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together.” ― Rosie Thomas

“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” ― Harlan Miller

“Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart… filled it, too, with a melody that would last forever. Even though you grew up and found you could never quite bring back the magic feeling of this night, the melody would stay in your heart always – a song for all the years.” ― Bess Streeter Aldrich

“Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today’s Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday.” ― Gladys Taber

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” – W.T. Ellis

Which one is your favorite?

Alex D.

DAY 20: 5 TYPES OF FAMILY MEMBERS DURING CHRISTMAS

Ah, Christmas… the time of year that you spend with friends and family members. Some of them are great, some not so much, but what would be like without them.

Being one of those people who spends Christmas with her family (and loves it) I kind of noticed a pattern among relatives. So today I want to share with you some types of family members during the holidays.

1. The one that loves Christmas

This person is the one who goes over their head with decorations, gifts and food. You’ll see him/her wearing Christmas jumpers, Santa hats and reindeer antlers.

2. The one who hates Christmas and all family gatherings

This is the one you can see wearing ironical Christmas sweaters and siting alone either drinking or complaining about something. Basically the Grinch.

3. The one who’s there for the drinks

A.K.A the person who’s always with a drink in his/her hands and after a couple of drinks is the loudest and chattiest person around.

4. The one who’s there for the food

Also known as the person who either is a student and is home for the holidays so he/she eats as much as possible or is one of those people who would either eat at someone else’s place than at their home.

 

5. The one who plays with the kids

This the “cool” aunt/uncle who is accepted by children and teenagers. You will always find them playing with the young ones or talking with the older ones.

What other types of family members do you know?

Alex D.

 

DAY 19: 5 PLACES I WANT TO VISIT DURING THE WINTER HOLIDAYS

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… The song says… And I totally agree. All the Christmas lights, the trees the decorations, the winter smells… It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

But there are a few places that I think make Christmas seem like a magical fairy tale. And I REALLY want to visit them.

1. Vienna, Austria

Taken from: safarisud.com

My favorite place in the world during Christmas time! I don’t need anything else.

2. Rovaniemi, Finland

Taken from: travelin.pl

Also known as the home of Santa Claus. Who wouldn’t want to visit it?

3. New York, USA

Taken from: nymag.com

New York is one of those cities that make every season look great, but it looks the most magical at Christmas time.

4. Prague, The Czech Republic

Taken from: popsugar.com

Another beautiful city I want to see at Christmas time.

5. Frankfurt, Germany

Taken from: whatdafuh.com

To be honest I need to make a tour of all the Christmas markets in Germany…

What place do you want to visit during the winter holidays?

Alex D.

DAY 18:CHRISTMAS MOVIES PART

If you haven’t had enough of Christmas movies and you still want to see more, then you are in luck because guess what? I have another list of Christmas movies for you!

1. A Diva’s Christmas  Carol (2000)

I have no idea why I like this movie, except that is really fun to watch. And whenever I think of it, the Sleigh ride song comes to mind.

2. Help for the Holidays (2012)

This is a really cute movie who has as the main character a cute girl elf.

 3. Northpole: Open for Christmas (2015)

I lovely movie about how to find the Christmas spirit within yourself.

4. Call me Claus (2001)

One of my all time Christmas favorites. Having Whoopi as Santa is everything!

5. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

We had to end this movie session gloriously and what better movie to do so than this one?

Which one of this list is your favorite?

Alex D.

DAY 17: CHRISTMAS TREES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Rocking around the Christmas tree… Well these Christmas tree don’t need us to rock around them, they are so beautiful they can rock all by themselves.

Today I want to share with you some famous Christmas trees from around the world who will leave you speechless.

1. New York, USA

Photo taken from: newyorkguest.com

We all know the famous Christmas Tree from the Rockefeller Plaza

2. Rakvere, Estonia

Photo taken from: news.xinhuanet.com

This one interesting Christmas tree!

3. Sydney, Australia

Photo taken from: mashable.com

Can you imagine how many lego pieces this Christmas tree has?

4. Madrid, Spain

Pretty, isn’t it?

5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Photo taken from rioforyou.com

A floating tree… How amazing is that?

6. Lisbon, Portugal

Photo taken from ambius.com

Look at all those cute little bows!

7. Bucharest, Romania

Photo taken from: flickriver.com

So beautiful!

8. Vienna, Austria

Photo taken from: eurocheapo.com

My favorite place in the world.

9. Venice, Italy

Photo taken from: panoramio.com

This tree is made from Murano Glass!

10. Brussels, Belgium

Photo taken from travaday.com

Had to end the post with an interesting one!

I have one last thing to say though… Can someone, please, take me to visit these as soon as possible? Hahaha.

Which one is your favorite?

Alex D.