League of Finnish-American Societies' U.P. chapter hosts pikkuloulu

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ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - The Upper Peninsula chapter of the League of Finnish-American Societies had its version of a Christmas party Sunday afternoon at the Elks Lodge in Ishpeming.

Their type of party is called a pikkujoulu, which means "little Christmas." It's a Finland tradition and essentially is the Finnish version of an office party, but bigger. Members of the League of Finnish-American Societies and others of Finnish or non-Finnish descent gathered to eat, drink coffee and dance the afternoon away. Finnish musicians played music for everyone, and there was even a little marketplace to buy various Finnish goods.

"In our organization, one of our purposes is to promote and preserve some of the heritage of the old country, and so this is one of the reasons we celebrate and call it "pikkujoulu" or otherwise we could just call it a Christmas party, but we like to call it "pikkujoulu" as a preservation of heritage," says Ronald Hill, President of the Upper Peninsula chapter of the League of Finnish-American Societies.

The League of Finnish-American Societies will be hosting another event on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence at the Marquette Regional Historical Center.