Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christmas Tree Traditions in Findland

The earliest account of a Christmas tree in a Finnish home is from the year 1829, when a Helsinki nobleman, Barön Klinckowstrom, had eight of them indoors. Within the next hundred years the Christmas tree tradition spread from the west and the south to all parts of Finland. The first outdoor Christmas tree decorated with electric lights stood in the market square in the town of Pietarsaari in 1905. The city of Helsinki has erected a Christms tree in the Senate Square since 1930. Since 1954, Helsinki has donated a Christmas tree to the Belgian capital, Brussels.

Source: Christmas With Virtual Finland

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