Tonight it’s grown colder. Not by much but you can tell. We’ve spent the afternoon in Finnish tradition, lighting candles at ancestors’ graves. We visited cemeteries in Leppävirta, Saahkarlahti, Luttila and near here, at Koönönpelta. We’ve seen the patriarchs, men who fought in the war of independence, fathers and grand fathers and great uncles.
Businesses in all the towns were locked tight, but let me tell you, on Christmas Eve, cemeteries are the most happening places in Finland.