It is a day of celebration, Finland turned 100, and in Trieste we celebrate San Nicolo.
San Nicolo is a tradition in Trieste with very strong roots, they celebrate San Nicolo (the rockstar of all saints) even more than Christmas.
We had not planned on giving any gift this year for San Nicolo, but caved in th end, as we felt it was not right to the children, that all other classmates would arrive today telling the teachers of all the gifts they had gotten, and ours would be “different”. I feel they are already so “different” coming from abroad without knowing anyone in the class from before, that at least with some things it is nice to take the easy route. So yesterday evening my husband went Christmas tree hunting. We prepared the tree with the children yesterday before going to sleep, and put a glass of milk and a gingerbread under the tree for San Nicolo to have when he came with the gifts. The kids went to sleep with butterflies in their stomach, and lay awake long, trying to not fall asleep before San Nicolo arrived.
This morning they opened their gifts, and even forgot about the advent calendar.
At work we later celebrated Finland 100 years with a lovely cake in the shape of the country, meanwhile listening to the “national hymn” sang outside the colosseum, which was lit up by the colors of the Finnish flag. It was very celebratory.
Tonight, my husband to the kids to Koper after kindergarden for some skating in the main square, and I continue working homeoffice.