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Joulupukki
Learn about Joulupukki. A Finnish version of Santa legend.

The name Joulupukki means 'Yule Buck'. Joulupukki first came about as an evil, goat-like creature. He didn't give gifts to the children and he demanded their good behavior. He used to frighten people. In December, pagan people had big festivals to ward off the Joulupukki.

For some unknown reason, this evil creature transformed into a much kinder, gentler character which closely resembles the American Santa Claus. He is probably a combination of many old folk customs and beliefs from around the world.

While most gift givers around the world deliver thier presents in the middle of the night while everyone is sleeping, he kids in Finland get to see Joulupukki in the act of delivering the presents.

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