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[Watch out, everyone. Someone's cheerfulness is contagious. That is, unless the aforementioned someone wakes a good portion of Mayfield up in the middle of the night with an excited phone call.]

Has anyone looked out the window yet? It's snowing! Quite a bit, in fact! I don't think it's ever snowed this much here before, and there wasn't even any warning!

This is probably the best birthday present I could have asked for! I may not even be able to get into my sauna with this much snow on the ground.... I wonder how long it will keep falling? In any case, it's beautiful, so I'm really thankful for it. And today of all days! I guess it's about time for me to bring my sleigh out, don't you think? I can't wait!

[Well, if his rambling is anything to go off of, Finland is certainly excited. Especially for 3AM.]

[Action, later in the day: It doesn't take a genius to realize that the outside of of 336 Brady Lane has been slowly but surely adorned with a multitude of holiday decorations over the past few days, and the sight is surely familiar to anyone that was in Mayfield last winter. The inside of the house is just as nicely decorated as the exterior and a lovely Christmas tree with a view of the decorated fireplace behind it is visible from one of the main windows.

The decorations are surprisingly professional in appearance and modest while being festive all the same. The mailbox and railing on the porch (not to mention the stair rails inside) have been wound with fake evergreen garland and red baubles while a festive evergreen piece sits on top of the mailbox along with red ornaments and ribbons. Wreathes are hung on the door and many ribbons have been neatly placed in appropriate locations.

But today the added decorations are of a slightly different type. A large Finnish flag hangs in front of the house and smaller (apparently homemade yet still nice) flags of the same design are on display in the yard, propped up neatly in the snow. Every window on the front side of the house now has a small Finnish flag and two blue and white candles sitting in the windowsill, and come 6:00 PM, Finland dashes around the house to light them. In the meantime, you may see Finland walking around his yard and hanging more decorations.... in only slacks, a long-sleeved shirt, and an argyle sweater vest. Why isn't he cold?! Oh well, he seems happy, since he's humming to himself and occasionally singing Finnish Christmas songs when he thinks nobody else is around.


Let's just say that you'll see a lot of Finland himself in the following weeks, Mayfield. It's time to spread the holiday cheer!

Action B: Every so often, the door to the small, wooden sauna behind 336 Brady Lane opens up and lets out a large wave of steam. Emerging from it will be Finland, towel tied neatly around his waist. If you aren't questioning why he isn't wearing clothes yet, you'll probably be rethinking that after he dives into the snow and begins to roll around for a few minutes. He'll eventually go back into the sauna, but that definitely can't be normal.... can it?]
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It's been pretty calm around here lately, hasn't it? Halloween and All Saints Day aren't for another two weeks and we haven't had an official holiday in Mayfield for months!

But luckily, I've been using that time to come up with a plan! How about we hold a friendly competition? My sauna isn't large enough for a sauna endurance contest, but I received a box of broken phones in the mail a few months back, which means that there's no other option!

And because of that, I've decided to host Mayfield's first annual mobile phone throwing contest! I've been practicing, so don't expect me to go easy on you, Viro!

[It seems that Finland's back to his usual cheerful self! Almost like he's.... forgotten some sort of hardship he's been through? Oh well!

By the way, he's not kidding.... don't ask.]
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[A - Action: To Finland, Midsummer means long summer nights with constant daylight, a celebration of light and the midnight sun. Despite the fact that Mayfield's sun rises and sets quite regularly and that this evening would be no different, Midsummer's Eve is simply something that Finland can't pass up, and as such any neighbours or passerbys may see him erecting a midsummer maypole early in the day, decorating the perimiter of the door with flowers in the afternoon (or, more accurately, chasing his while fluffball of a puppy that keeps trying to take them), cooking questionable Finnish food and letting it cool in the windowsill, or raising a Finnish flag in front of his home at 6PM.

B - Action: All throughout the evening, tendrils of smoke may be seen rising from the backyard of 336 Brady Lane. In addition to the light steam that rises from the sauna (which isn't that unusual, as Finland seems to be unable to go for three or four days without one), smoke will begin to rise from a bonfire that is lit at midnight. Finland, in turn, will be out drinking by the bonfire with whomever else wishes to stop by. Feel free to assume that he invited your character if he's spoken to them more than once or twice! Even if he doesn't know them well, he'd probably bring it up during any type of conversation if your character's spoken to him in the past week or so.]

[ooc: I'm so sorry for being horrible with posting! I really need to make actual posts instead of tagging around until the end of time. In any case, tags may be a little slow because my normal computer is being repaired and the connection here is cutting out because of the storms. However, I'll reply as quickly as possible!]

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[Over the past few weeks, 336 Brady Lane has been slowly accumulating a mass of holiday decorations. Wreathes and ribbons are hung on the front door and windows, and a fresh Christmas tree (it appears to be real?) can be seen in the living room from outside. Lights are wound through the bushes and up the trees outdoors, and look quite nice and fairly modest for their sheer number.

However, today's decorations are a little different. A large Finnish flag is hung by the door and smaller flags line the yard, while blue and white candles can be seen in the windowsill and Finland will happily run to light them once the sun sets.

Neighbours may notice that a sweet cake-like smell wafts from the open windows and housemates are sure to discover that Finland's been acting even more cheerful than usual both yesterday and today, cooking both days and often humming softly to himself.

You guessed it, Today's Finland's birthday and independence day! And he's as delighted as he could possibly be.]
ex_finnish_604: (The only flower in the world)
[Being Easter and all, the festival lover Finland is even more cheerful than usual.]

Happy Easter, everyone! I made a few pans of Mämmi to celebrate the holiday. It's a traditional dessert from my house so you should all come try some! I'll be outside of my house at 336 Brady Lane if you want to stop by. I'm sure that you'll all like it a lot!

[After the phone call has been made, he runs outside and takes a seat beside a small table at the end of his driveway. It's decorated with pretty flowers, a bowl of dyed eggs, and a vase filled with thin branches that have feathers tied to them. In addition to this, there is a notably large pan of a strange dark brown substance accompanied by a bowl of sugar and a small pitcher of cream.... and numerous plates and forks. If you don't know that this is Mämmi, the aforementioned sweet Finnish Easter dessert made of rye flour, rye malt, molasses and dried orange peel, it probably looks fairly unappetizing to say the least. If you're brave enough to try it, however, Finland will be glad to give you as much as you want.]

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