H/t to Miriam from Finland. I thought it was too good to get buried in the comments. Here is what Miriam wrote:
It's all about 24th, from noon on, when the declaration of Christmas peace is given in Turku. It is quite important for those who live in Turku, but also all over Finland. It can be watched in Tv or listened in radio. After that, churches are bursted with people, because almost everyone wants to attend a Christmas afternoon/Eve service. Even more people visit graveyards, decorating graves with candles. It is important to go to sauna at some point before dinner and gifts. Quite a busy day :-)
UPDATE: Here are the words of the military march that is played last, courtesy of Wikipedia:
- Sons of a race whose blood was shed,
- On Narva's field; on Poland's sand; at Leipzig; Lützen's dark hills under;
- Not yet is Finland's manhood dead;
- With foemen's blood a field may still be tinted red!
- All Rest, all Peace, Away! begone!
- The tempest loosens; lightnings flash; and o'er the field the cannon thunder
- Rank upon rank, march on! march on!
- The spirit of each father brave looks on as brave a son.
- No nobler aim
- Could light us to the field;
- Our swords are flame;
- Nor new our blood to yield;
- Forward each man, brave and bold!
- Lo! the glorious path of Freedom, centuries old!
- Gleam high! Thou banner Victory-sealed!
- In the grey bygone days, long since, all battle-worn,
- Be still our splendid colours, though tattered, onward borne!
- Of Finland's ancient Standard there's yet a shred untorn!
- H/t to Housewife from Finland