I don’t know who created the traditions of Finnish New Year, but I am pretty sure it was some very tired parents. It is the most no-fuss occasion of the year!
Cheat sheet to easy New Year
Food: Buy ready-made frankfurters, potato salad, French fries, and crisps. Self-service all night for everybody.
Drink: Sparkling wine for adults and soda for kids.
To do: Destroy all left-over chocolate and candies from Christmas.
Indoor specialty: Melt tin on the stove with a little frying pan dedicated only for that purpose. Pour to cold water. Predict your next year from the newly-formed metal lump.
Outdoor specialty: Watch or explode your fireworks. New Year Eve is the only evening when this is legal in Finland without a specific request. For volume control, all ages can use earmuffs.
At 12 o’clock: If you are awake, wish happy New Year and adjust your pillow.
Bars: So long queues that don’t even try if you don’t know the bouncer or want to go in at 22.
Resolutions: To your close ones, suggest only resolutions that help your life, and you can use as extortion tools for the whole next year. A rookie mistake is to make a too difficult resolution for yourself.