#6 another Christmas over

006/365 another Christmas over, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Twelth Night (or Epiphany) is the day when we Finns say good-bye to Christmas for another year and clear away all the decorations. The last Christmas goodies are consumed, candles lit, and the Christmas tree admired one more time. In my family we have the extra tradition of lighting sparklers on the bare branches (see here what it looks like) as the last short moment of glorious display before the tree is thrown into the garden from the balcony.

Our Christmas tree is a real hotch-potch of decorations from our travels in different parts of the world – filled with fond memories.

This delicate glass ball is one of my favourites. I found it in France some 5 years ago. I am very melancholic tonight…

5 Responses to “#6 another Christmas over”

  1. January 7, 2010 at 14:02

    I love your tradition of lighting sparklers on bare branches. That’s outside, isn’t it? Today (7th January, it’s almost 11pm now) we celebrated our Christmas (Orthodox), but we also leave our decorations up until Epiphany. I’m a bit over it all before then because we’ve had them up since just before 24th January to cover ‘Western’ Christmas. I love all your snow pictures but I’m probably happier in the warm weather we’re having. Tonight we sat outside until after 9pm and it was still lightish. Finally had to go inside because of the mosquitoes. I’m thinking about how beautiful your Christmas tree must be with its collected treasures from different places. I hope you don’t feel melancholy for too long – maybe it’s the weather.

  2. January 7, 2010 at 15:04

    Traditions are so important. This is a lovely photograph. And lovely to have decorations which carry memories.

  3. 3 sinikka
    January 7, 2010 at 19:05

    Thank you for taking an interest, Tania. Actually we do the sparklers inside, in our living room! Not very wise, I know, but no problems so far.
    Living next to Russia, we learn a lot about the Orthodox Christmas traditions. It seems that many people have several Christmases – combining the ‘western’ idea with some other tradition. For example, in Spain it’s actually Epiphany, with the Three Wise Men, that is the main celebration.
    I’d much rather be in your warmth than freezing up here. But mustn’t complain – at least our homes are well-insulated and warm.
    And thank you – the melancholy has all but disappeared after the first busy day at school.

  4. 4 sinikka
    January 9, 2010 at 13:42

    Thank you for your comment, Susan. I really enjoy the moment every year when the Christmas tree decortions box comes out and we can start reminiscing again!

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