Santa Claus lives in the northern part of Finland, close to the Arctic Circle. Santa lives together with Mrs Claus and the elves in a secret place called “Korvatunturi” where he spends most of his time.
No one knows exactly how old Santa is, not even Santa himself. The old but ageless Santa Claus is loved by everyone and he doesn’t need an ID to create the Christmas feeling.
Mrs. Claus is an energetic woman who mainly stays at home in Korvatunturi and takes care of the house and the elves. She’s a wise and gentle wife who sees where the shoe pinches. She enjoys living in Korvatunturi and helps Santa Claus prepare for Christmas. Mrs. Claus is warm and caring which makes her a Christmas mother for children. Children like to sit on her lap and give her a hug.
Mrs. Claus has a beautiful voice and she can play many instruments. She likes to wear wool socks and tends to give at least one kiss a day for Santa. It is not very often that she can find some time to relax, but when she does, she takes out her needles from the drawer and knits warm socks for both the elves and Santa. Mrs. Claus is just as friendly and kind-hearted as Santa.
Palle is one of Santa’s most faithful reindeers. During the busy Christmas Eve Palle makes it in time to every corner of the world. His favorite food are apples. Palle knows how to draw beatiful patterns in the snow with his horns. He is also musical and is happy to dance along Christmas carols. He has a big clock with a jingle bell on his neck.
All reindeer look different and have a character of their own. Santa’s reindeer are male and they weigh around one hundred kilograms. They are strong enough to pull Santa and his gifts over long distances. Santa’s reindeer are friends with the wild reindeer. The wild reindeer are always excited to hear Santa’s reindeer telling stories of their Christmas travels when they return to Lapland.
Elves are Santa’s loyal helpers and their job is to find out what children want for Christmas and to prepare the gifts. The elves live in Korvatunturi, together with Santa and Mrs. Claus but you can spot them everywhere in Finland, especially during Christmas time.
All elves have special responsibilities. Some of them make gifts, some take care of Santa’s mail, the kitchen elves help with cooking, the candy elves prepare Christmas sweets, some elves take care of the reindeer, while the fisherman elves bring salmon to Santa’s dinner table and the berry elves pick berries. The porridge elves make the traditional Christmas porridge, the car elves work as drivers, the computer elves operate the modern telecommunications systems, the telephone elves answer the phone, the doll elves make dolls, the knitter elves knit beautiful socks and mittens and so on. The list is endless.
sometimes without realising it. He is often on the road, with his
tanned face covered by a pair of binoculars, a sun visor, a pair of
skiing goggles, or a relaxing eye mask.
You can recognise Veikka by his extraordinary love of adventures and
how he can guess the favourite holiday destinations of his travelling
companions – sometimes even guessing them right!
Veikka has circum-navigated the globe more than a hundred times,
and the memory stick of his camera phone contains thousands of
photos from the Eiffel Tower to the Great Pyramid of Giza.
His favourite destination is Christmas Island, which got detached
from the Mount Korvatunturi in Lapland long ago when the
continental plates moved. A small but determined herd of reindeers
keep grazing on the island, and on the slopes of tropical fells, special
almonds for the Christmas porridge are grown.
lves live many times longer than people. As a result adulthood is reached at the age of 200 and babyhood lasts usually for 20 years. It’s a long time for mommy and daddy to be babysitting.
Normally a baby elf uses up 180 pacifiers, cries 10 million times, keeps awake 6200 nights and eats 15 million jars of rice pudding and plum kisel.
On the other hand elf baby himself has to withstand around 27 600 playful pinches on the cheeks and 19 000 Christmas songs by Mrs Claus. It’s not quite so easy for them either.
A happy and playful puppy. He loves to sleep next to the stove and he’s best friend is Palle. Niila has a jingle bell on his neck. He thinks that snow is the best thing that ever happened!
The world’s tiniest snowman was built in Korvatunturi. An elf built it by piling three snowflakes with special tweezers that were cooled down to zero degrees.