Lighting up the Christmas Holiday In Kaleva 2021
The Kaleva Historical Society to celebrate the Christmas holidays at the Bottle House Museum. The museum will be open on the Saturdays in December leading up to Christmas from 12-4 pm.
There will be the Finnish Heaven, which is a wooden frame holding foil stars that hangs over the Christmas tree. This custom came from Finland and is reminiscent of children watching the stars on Christmas Eve. The colored lights on the tree are reflected in the stars and the traditional ornaments of straw and real candles complete the scene. Old fashioned toys and other gifts are scattered under the tree and a heritage quilt serves as the tree skirt.
The front porch of the sauna is the setting for the old-fashioned crèche or Nativity set. It has been part of the Bottle House Christmas for as long as folks can remember. Lights and straw make the figures very life-like and remind us of the real reason for Christmas.
The Saturdays will offer visitors these special gifts:
December 4th - everyone will receive a traditional Scandinavian tree ornament.
December 11th - hot chocolate and festive cookies will be served, possibly in the sauna.
December 18th - a taste of Finland will offer guests traditional Finnish fare such as nissua, sweet bread with cardamom.
December 21st - Winter Solstice, the community will place 1000 luminaries on graves in the cemetery. Meet across from the cemetery at 4:00 to help with this lighting.
The Kaleva Art Gallery is also offering customers special treats in the form of workshops.
December 4th - 12p-2p is a workshop to make Christmas cards.
December 11th - 12p-2p is an opportunity to make a driftwood Santa ornament.
December 18th - 12p-2p guests may create a Christmas plaque
These events are open to all ages. A $5 donation is appreciated.
Kaleva Art Gallery, located in downtown Kaleva is a cooperative of over 25 artists.
It is the place to shop locally and find unique Christmas gifts.
Friday and Sunday12-4
Watch for additional hours closer to Christmas
Kaleva - A Finnish Community in the heart of Manistee County.
In 1969 the Kaleva Historical Society (KHS) was formed by members of the community that wanted to preserve the heritage and history of family, church, and community.
Around 1900 when the first Finnish families moved to Kaleva they arrived to pine stumps and blow sand. Many that could afford to cut their losses and return to their homes did, but those who could not leave made the best of the what they had. By treasuring family, church and community and with a bit of SISU (Finnish for strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity) the founding families of Kaleva worked hard to persevere and erect a town from nothing.
From that proud heritage came the group of people who formed the Kaleva Historical Society. We hope you enjoy learning about our town, our history and our commitment to preserving the history of Kaleva, Michigan.
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Did you know?
Sauna forms a great part of Finland's heritage and culture. It is estimated that there are over 2 million saunas, which averages one per household.
While we don't have that many in Michigan - we do have the highest population of Finnish Americans.
Read about our Sauna Project here.
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