On December 11, 2021, the Lutheran Church of Petrozavodsk, Karelia, celebrated Pikkujoulu (Finnish for “little Christmas”), a Finnish traditional party held to anticipate Christmas.
The day’s program included a morning arts & crafts session making gnome decorations for home and an afternoon performance by the music band Drolls. In the evening, the congregants sang their favorite Christmas carols together in Russian, Finnish, German, and English. During the celebration, there was a sale of Christmas merchandise and a Give Your Warmth! sale of secondhand clothes and gifts for a donation. Thanks be to God for such a day! Many thanks to all the people who served and made all the ideas a reality!
Photo credit: Nikolai Rappu