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The gift bringer of Finland looks and behaves much like our own Santa Claus with just a few minor variations. In Finland, his name is Joulupukki and he is assisted by a host of elves called Joulutonttuja. These elves not only help him make toys in his workshop but spy on children during the yearto find out what they want for Christmas. Finnish children believe that Joulupukki lives in Lapland on a special hill called Korvantuntun. Lapland is the natural habitat for herds of reindeer so it is no surprise that they are aailable to help Joulupukki pull his sleigh on Christmas eve. Finnish families have been making gingerbread cookies and houses since the 15th century. Advent calendars, candles, tulips, poinsettias, and pickled herrings are all part of their Christmas traditions. Finnish people also make a special Christmas drink call "glogg", a concoction of red wine' spices and raisins.
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