#4 of this occasional series
The series began because Finns claim the original Santa as their own. You didn’t know he is actually from Korvantunturi, in Lapland? And you thought it was the North Pole — silly you. This emoji represents the feeling of never-ending wait for Santa.
At Christmas there’s a special pastry, called joulutorttu. The Finland site This is Finland describes it as the feeling of having one too many. “Every year you burn your mouth on the first one — beware of the plum jam in the middle! The sweet taste and nostalgia make up for it.” (More on this and other Finnish Christmas customs—see my posts in December 2015.)
A pikkujoulut is the Christmas party emoji, in which Finns depart from their quiet selves and become wild party animals.
Rounding out the set are five more, that describe feelings during our long winters.
Wooly socks — the feeling of granny-made warmth — are worn while skiing or while sick, like a Finnish national costume, and even with flip-flops. (Remember Fashionista Finns, in post #3?)
A sleeping bear — wanting to sleep all winter. “Sometimes when the long dark winter seems to stretch endlessly ahead, you just feel the bears have a point in hibernating.”
The feeling of sunless days — that period between December and January is called kaamos.
“Stuck” is that very universal experience of putting one’s tongue on metal when it’s freezing outside. You know you shouldn’t — but you try it anyway.
Four season BBQ and “Meanwhile in Finland”
both express a sense that temps around 0°C seem warm — and we see folks wearing shorts, even people sunbathing, because we’re sooo tired of winter.