Joulutorttu by boxplayer


The traditional Christmas Finnish star-shaped pastries. At the Finnish Church Christmas dinner.

A busy morning - getting the final stuff done so we could relax and enjoy Christmas. I cycled up to the village and the International Supermarket to pick up more cheese and other sundries. Got distracted by the gift shops en route and ended up being back later than I wanted, so a rushed brunch of leftover chips and roast veg (yes odd - but we don't like waste).

Dave busied himself putting the linen away and I did a massive hoover, managing to briefly clog up the machine by trying to hoover up some of the autumn leaves outside the front door.

Eventually all looking spickish and spannish and I put the Christmas tablecloth on the table just before we headed out with mum to the Finnish church for their Christmas dinner buffet. Very nice - the usual: vegetable casseroles, a nut roast for vegetarians, and the most mouthwatering salmon. Followed by joulutorttu and coffee or gloggi.

Home to have a mild hissy fit when I discovered we'd somehow lost all the gubbins from our make-your-own-crackers - no Christmas hats or jokes tomorrow - bah humbug.

Christmas viewing record:
- The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse - a rather delightful animation based on a bestselling book. Didn't expect it to be so whimsically funny.
- Now watching Mortimer and Whitehouse fishing in Norway. More delight.
- Also enjoyed the Fast Show festive show from 1996 and the classic fork handles Two Ronnies sketch.

A happy Christmas to you all.

3 good things
1. All done for Christmas - can sort of relax now - until the panic of Christmas dinner preps tomorrow ha ha.
2. Froth and Rind the cheese shop in the village was shut, but the Spar always has a good selection.
3. My sister's present has arrived in time for her birthday on Boxing Day.

24 December 2022
Rotherhithe SE16
These look tasty.
December 24th, 2022  
December 24th, 2022  
It’s been quite a few years since I was last in Turku but I well remember these pastries and of course the strong Finnish coffee. Delicious. Have a wonderful Christmas.
December 24th, 2022  
This looks very tasty! Ahh, the Charlie Mackesey book animated.....I did enjoy it. I have had one of his paintings (The Prodigal Daughter) on my wall for many years. You will have to mime crackers, shout bang, tell a terrible joke and do a forfeit!
December 24th, 2022  
Your day sounds a bit like mine, except for the Finnish dinner. Tidying up, hoovering, setting the table. The pastries sound good
December 24th, 2022  
Looks good.
December 24th, 2022  
Perfect pastry shape to get the bite on.
December 25th, 2022  
Wonderful pastry, looks yummy!
December 25th, 2022  
A lovely pastry photo…Merry Christmas to you!
December 25th, 2022  
This looks tasty. I like Casas suggestion @casablanca
December 25th, 2022  
Looks quite tasty
December 25th, 2022  
Oh, this looks quite lovely.
December 25th, 2022  
A beautiful picture.
Merry Christmas
December 25th, 2022  
Relax and enjoy this time. Merry Christmas to you and yours, plus Foxykins
December 25th, 2022  
An interesting shot and commentary - always good to learn about other traditions. Merry Christmas to you and all those who you love!

December 25th, 2022  
what a bust day , hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day, Merry Christmas x
December 25th, 2022  
I had to look up “gibbons”! Still no wiser. Merry Christmas!!
December 25th, 2022  
@johnfalconer ha ha, the word is gubbins! As in miscellaneous bits and pieces, not overexcitable monkeys 🤣
December 26th, 2022  
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