Today is the shortest day of the year: 5 hours and 48 minutes of daylight. Tomorrow is going to be equally short, but from Friday on the days are getting couple of minutes longer and lighter every day. Which means that the worst is over!
Today is also the "name day" of Tuomas (Finnish version of Thomas), and that's the day when the Christmas time begins. Christmas time will last until Nuutti's day, January 13th. Nuutti (Finnish version of Knut) is a goat, or a man dressed as a goat, and he's wandering around scaring the kids.
Hyvä Tuomas joulun tuopi, paha Nuutti pois sen viepi. Good Thomas brings the Christmas, evil Knut takes it away.
According to Finnish Wikipedia, Nuutti the goat was also called as jouluämmä, Christmas bitch. Well, I've never heard of Christmas bitches before, but that doesn't sound bad at all. Maybe I'll start celebrating the official Christmas bitch day on January the 13th.
Hyvää joulua! Merry Christmas!