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FatherchrFather Christmas came calling to the Finnish Heritage Museum’s Annual Independence Day Celebration and Pikku Joulu on December 10th at Zion Church in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. He was joined by approximately 60 FHM members and guests at the festive affair. When asked for his real name, he replied, “Father Christmas!”

President and MC Lasse Hiltunen started the program with a grand “Tervetuloa” and “Welcome” for the non-Finnish speaking guests. He emphasized that events like this were really community and family affairs and were important in continuation of traditions. That message was reiterated by Niles Oinonen as he gave the invocation. The group then sang both the Star Spangled Banner and Maamme.

Lasse Hiltunen continued the introductory portion of the program and gave a brief celebratory address titled “Our Independence, Our Strength, Our 101st,” recognizing Finland’s 101st birthday, which is recognized as Finland’s symbol of past hardships, present day accomplishments, and of course, future progress.

Hiltunen said, “last year’s blue and white world-wide celebratory splash will continue as long as we continue to uphold the Finnish philosophy. Let’s give ourselves credit with a round of applause for our independence, our continued support and strength, and our 101st birthday. It is worth celebrating with a smile and a warm heart.

The group then enjoyed the many, many wonderful potluck dishes.

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After dinner, Father Christmas spoke of the history of Christmas, invoking many memories from the audience. Next, the following gave inspirational, heart-warming, informative, and down-right funny personal Christmas memories from as far back as 1947: Niles Oinonen (pictured here), Lasse Hiltunen, Anne Pohto, Jane Hiltunen, Heikki and Hely Perttu, Jeff Werronen, Karen Chapman, Jovette Hiltunen, Janine LaBounty, Bonnie Lackey, Amy Moyer, Cara Mia Duncan and daughter Josie, and Ailiin Andrews. As an aside, fire extinguishers are always handy, as reported one memory giver.

The annual fund-raising drawing produced interesting results as the grand prize winner was also picked in the second prize drawing.

The evening’s activities concluded with the Finnish Language Class singing carols in Finnish.

 

 

Text © FHM Staff, Photos © Jane Hiltunen 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

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