Advent Calendar, Day 3

blurry squirrelWaiting for Christmas is not only for humans. It’s also for animals. They probably don’t even know what it is. If they did, they would really like people to look after them. That’s what Christmas should be about, caring. For pets it’s much easier but for animals in the wild are out there without any protection. Finding food in the snow is a challenge in itself. People in the city can help them with that. Putting breadcrumbs or seeds for birds in an automatic feeder. There’s a lot of DIY ideas online about how to make one yourself. It can also be a simple bird feeder. The best place to have it on are the garden or yard. If you live in an apartment building it can be forbidden to feed birds but then you can find a place in a park where you can take the bird food to.

There’s quite a lot of squirrels in the cemetery. Sometimes people bring old bread or something to feed them. They’re quite tame but they still can bite your finger off. Wild animals are still wild no matter how close they are to humans.
Finnish squirrels are a bit different from American ones. Here they have pointy ears with a tasses on top. Squirrels are one of my favorite animals. They’re really cute and cuddly. They can be quite quick so photographing them is quite a challenge when they move. In the winter their fur turn whitish so they can blend into the background. It’s amazing how they can eat and look around their surroundings at the same time. There are people who doesn’t like them because they dig in the ground. But then they shouldn’t have gardens in the first place. Wild animals need to eat and their eating habits can’t be changed no matter how much humans want them too.

If you begin to feed birds and small animals, that habit should continue every winter. It’s not only around Christmas, humans should be caring for animals. It should be all year around.

 

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Advent Calendar, Day 2

snow view
From winter 2014-15

Living in Finland means snow in the winter. In the south there’s not much of that anymore. It melts which is the saddest thing. Some people find snow cold and depressive but I love it. If there’s no snow, I won’t call it winter. This winter we already had some but it rained away. You can’t ski on it but it’s still white. It’s darker without it. At this moment there is some snow but it’s gets dark so soon so I haven’t had time to take new photos of it. It will probably melt again soon. The weather in Finland can be unpredictable. One day there’s rain and the next some sun.

Every Christmas there’s a question, will there be a white Christmas? If you want snow, it’s guaranteed you get that in the Northern Finland. The higher you get, the better there’s a lot of it. I won’t be home at Christmas so it doesn’t really matter if there’s snow or not. Snow is always welcome no matter where I’m going. It’s refreshing to see it during December though. Especially when it’s dark outside. Otherwise it would be grey and dull. I don’t understand those who complain about the cold. Have they never heard of jumpers and winter boots? That’s what makes it so unique to live in a climate with different seasons. There’s not a dull moment. Having snow is even better. Putting layers of clothes on is like wrapping presents. Love yourself and that also goes for covering yourself with clothes to keep warm. So let it snow. Kids love it so why not adults too.

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Ps. This is my post-milestone-500-2xth post

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