Friday, December 23, 2005

Joulu Sauna

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i feel so very relaxed right now ... i just got back from my Joulu (Christmas) sauna ... i blogged about it last year too - click here ... it is one of those Finnish traditions that i love to keep ... i sat on the wood bench, and threw water onto the hot sauna stones ... sweating out my cares ... praying as i listened to the water sizzle and evaporate off the rocks ... it eased my tense muscles ...

i wonder why i didn't have a sauna earlier!! even though my spirit feels at peace, sometimes my body doesn't follow suit ... it just tenses up!

tomorrow we go to my aunt's for an old-fashioned Finnish Christmas meal ... and then some low key opening of presents ...

leo doesn't know that i got him a chess CD to load into the laptop ... i will have to remind him that the laptop was designated the "official Christmas present", so he won't feel bad that he doesn't have a "surprise" for me ... we don't usually do presents - but if i see something, i like to buy it for him ...

i'm still wondering if my new home will be under the tree? *smile* ... why not? God does like to surprise us with good stuff, doesn't He?

blessings to you, my dear blog buds! i hope that your Christmas is peaceful ....

12 comments:

Shelley said...

Merry Christmas Saija!!!

Saija said...

Merry Christmas to you Shelley!

Rodney Olsen said...

It's Christmas Eve and I'm spending a little time dropping in on the blogs I regularly read. I wish you a very merry Christmas and I look forward to reading your blog in 2006.

Saija said...

Rodney ... the VERY best of this Holy Season to you too!

Fred said...

Merry Christmas, Saija. Blessings to you and your family.

Saija said...

fred ... Merry Christmas backatcha! i see you are back from holidaying ... :o)

Maiju said...

Mitä olisikaan joulu ilman saunaa? What would the christmas be without the sauna?

I've learned that best place to pray is on the sauna pench all relaxed and all alone.

Blessings to your christmas! god will give you the best!!

Saija said...

maiju ... the sauna is kind of my prayer closet too! blessings to you as well!!! and i DO read finn, writing it correctly is a totally different matter!

osray said...

Merry Christmas Saija and Leo.

Saija said...

osray ... it is Christmas morn, i'm drinking coffee after starting a fire, feeding the cat and giving Leo his meds ... feeling blessed to know the CHRIST of Christmas - Merry Christmas to you & Sweetie!

Maiju said...

You should try writing me Finnish. As a teacher I'm pretty good understanding mistakes! :)

Saija said...

maiju ... you would laugh at my written finn, it is horrible! but atleast i can read it!