Happy New Year with a Finnish ice candle

Celebrating New Year's Eve with a Finnish Ice Candle

I’m am learning about the Finnish tradition of lighting an ice Candle in memory of loved one who has died. My neighbor had several of these ice-candles and gave me one.  His family took several of them them to a cemetery “upnorth.” He said you could see the glow of the candle in the winter night from a long way. I also have a friend who lights ice-candles on Christmas Eve at a Finnish cemetery in memory of his Grandparents.

A hollow “bowl” of ice is made and then a candle is placed inside.

This following text is from the town of Embarrass’ website:

This Finnish tradition of remembering loved ones during the holiday season has once again become a priority in our community. Ice candles are placed at the Embarrass Cemetery on grave sites and along the driveway for a magical
display of light, warmth, and beauty on a cold winter night.
The magical display of light is made possible by volunteers placing and lighting 400+ ice candles at the cemetery. A
holiday gathering with food, kid’s crafts and fellowship takes place at the Embarrass Town Hall following the lighting. May
even be a surprise guest or two!

The last day of 2012 was very cold. Don’t let this pretty blue sky in the photo below fool you. If you have lived upnorth, you know a clear blue sky like this on a winter day means it is v-e-r-y cold.

The temp was 3 degrees when I woke up on the 31st.

icicles
Icicles against a deep blue sky.

Merry Christmas!

The candle on the left was one of 27 that were lit on the steps of city hall during a vigil for those who died this year and had experienced homelessness. (Correction 37 people.)

Lights on the Hillside on Christmas Eve. The red lights on the right are lights on Essentia Health (St. Mary's). The top lights look like a Christmas Tree. The other red lights are to warn helicopters that the building roof is near.

Holiday lions on Superior Street

These decorated lions are in front of a house on Superior Street.

I found information on this house from the Duluth Preservation Alliance’s walking tour.

Here is what it says: The McCord’s two-story Shingle Style house features a stone foundation,
shingle wall cladding, and a spectacular front façade symmetrically
arranged around a central two-story entry tower with a bell-shaped roof and
a large T-shaped window with twenty-three diamond-paned lights is on its
second floor. The house was built by Berquist Brothers Construction, and
its matching garage was added in 1912. Historic information on McCord is
conflicting: some called him a lumberman; others, a banker.