13
Jun
2016

聖誕老人的魔法故鄉

The magical home town of Santa Claus  
"聖誕老人的魔法 故鄉"

Who has white beard, red funny clothes and all the people on this planet knows his name?
Of course it is our Santa Claus, , who spreads the Christmas spirit and joy to everybody. Santa Claus is known in different countries by different name, like in  Sweden he is called “Julgubbe” and in Germany “Weichnacthsman”, also in Great Britain he is called as “Father Christmas” and in Austriaa as “Nikolaus”. 

擁有白鬍子,紅色滑稽的衣服與所有的人住在這個星球上,知道他的名字嗎?當然,他就是傳遞聖誕氣氛和歡樂給大家的—聖誕老人。聖誕老人在不同的國家有著不同的稱呼,像瑞典他被稱為“Julgubbe”,並在德國“Weichnacthsman”, 同樣在英國稱為“聖誕節之父”,並在奧地利稱為“尼古拉斯”。


Santa’s job is quite unusual compared to normal office worker since we know him by coming through the chimney and leaving the Christmas presents to special socks hanging from the fireplace. However in Finland for instance, Santa even visits the families and gives the presents in person and usually he is being offered by listening to caroling children and some fresh baked cookies and milk since after all, he has the most difficult job in the world to manage to visit every household from Canada to Italy during Christmas time.

比起普通的上班族,聖誕老人的工作是相當不尋常,因為我們知道他通過煙囪進進出出,而且利用掛在壁爐上特別的襪子,在裡面留下聖誕禮物。然而在芬蘭,聖誕老人拜訪人們的家庭,並親自送上禮物,通常聖誕老人接受人們提供的新鮮出爐的餅乾和牛奶以及聆聽歌頌的兒童,因為畢竟聖誕老人擁有世界上最困難的工作,需在聖誕節期間從加拿大到義大利訪問每家每戶。


For centuries, there have been debates which place on this planet has the honor to call itself Santa Claus’s hometown. Well, the debate’s result is quite the obvious, it is of course a place called Rovaniemi, a city of snow and ice located in the northern part of Lapland in Finland.  Many does not know that Rovaniemi’s Santa Claus village was not originally from there but rather a decision of Santa Claus to come closer and become more visible to all the children of the world, and of course child-like minded people too.

數百年間曾有過爭論,在這個星球上哪個地方能夠榮幸地稱自己為聖誕老人的故鄉。好吧,爭論的結果是顯而易見的,這當然有一個地方叫羅凡涅米,一個位於拉普蘭在芬蘭北部冰雪的城市。很多人不知道,羅瓦涅米的聖誕老人村最初並不是在那裡,這個決定是基於對世界上所有的孩子更能夠看見且接近聖誕老人,當然還有像孩子般的志同道合的人了。


The original Santa Claus’s village is located further north a secret place called Korvatunturi. Korvatunturi is the most best kept secret in the whole wide world since there is where the magic happens actually and Santa wants it to keep it that way in the future. Santa and partners wanted to be close to people and get to know them better, so they decided to establish a special Santa village to Rovaniemi.

一開始的聖誕老人村位於更北方一個叫做Korvatunturi秘密的地方。 Korvatunturi是在世界上保存得最秘密的地方,因為有實際神奇的情況發生以及Santa希望它在未來一直用這種方式保存著。聖誕老人和合作夥伴為了想更貼近民眾,並且更了解人們,所以他們決定在羅瓦涅米建立一個特別的聖誕老人村。


And why Rovaniemi? This town has a special place in Santa’s heart since it is located in the middle of Arctic Circle. Bordering on the Arctic, Rovaniemi is a unique place to experience quite ravishing seasonal changes. In the summertime there is light and sun is shining around the clock and in the wintertime there is not sunlight at all and it is dark. Crossing the Arctic Circle is a very special tradition and visitors have developed many ways to cross it. Even certificates of proof, crossing the Arctic Circle is given to visitors of Santa’s village.

為什麼是羅瓦涅米?這個鎮在聖誕老人的心中是一個特殊的地方,因為它位於北極圈的中間。羅凡涅米毗鄰北極,是一個獨特的地方能讓遊客體驗引人入勝的季節變化。在夏季,陽光艷陽高照一整天反而在冬天是沒有陽光的,一切都是黑暗的。穿越北極圈是一個非 常特殊的傳統活動而遊客們已經開發出許多方法來穿越它。甚至聖誕老人村提供給遊客穿越北極圈證書的證明。

Another intriguing miracle of nature can be found from Rovaniemi.  This miracle is called The Northern Lights. Every winter it is possible to see in the clear sky these magical lights which colors are equal to rainbow’s.  Many stories and beliefs are linked to Northern lights. One of the popular tales is a tale of a fox which once upon a time had such a hurry to run to the annual championships of wickedness that while this fox was running to this competition in such a rush, its tail went down due to fast speed and this tail made sparks to the hard snow. These sparks are also seen as the Northern Lights. Although this is a tale, the real truth of the Northern Lights are even crazier what you can ever think of. The Northern lights are born when these small particles originated from the Sun crash into Earth’s atmosphere!

從羅瓦涅米可以發現另一種大自然有趣的奇蹟,這個奇蹟被稱為北極光。每到冬季可以看到乾淨的天空有這些神奇的光,光的顏色等同於彩虹的顏色。許多故事和信仰都與北極光有關聯。一個流傳的故事是關於一隻狐狸,在很久很久以前有隻狐狸匆忙地參加年度惡事錦標賽,由於狐狸的速度太快它的尾巴斷了,這個尾巴磨擦著堅硬的雪地而產生火花。這些火花也被視為北極光。雖然這是一個傳說故事,而真實的北極光 真相是更讓人瘋狂到是你無法所想像的。北極光的產生是從太陽飛來這些小顆粒與地球大氣層產生碰撞磨擦而來的!


Ruska is a Finnish word and there is not translation for it. Ruska is also unique time in Rovaniemi and Santa’s village since this cycle from October to November and all the leaves in trees are glooming in different color shades like brown, orange, yellow and red. During this Ruska season, the scenery and landscape reminds of a painting. This beautiful season is due to colder nights and lack of sunlight. The plants, trees and berries like bilberries are getting ready for the frozen winter.
These natures’ own little magic tricks alone could have been behind Santa’s decision to move and establish Santa village to the magical Rovaniemi, but there is much more. The rumor has it, that Santa’s wife, also known as “Joulumuori” in Finnish, is originally from Rovaniemi and to keep her happy and satisfied, Santa was clever enough to choose Rovaniemi as the place for Santa village.

魯斯卡是芬蘭字沒有具體的翻譯,魯斯卡也是羅瓦涅米聖誕老人村獨特的時間,因為這個週期十月至十一月,所有的葉子在樹上盛開出不同的色調像是棕色、橙色、黃色和紅色。在這個紅葉季節,景區景觀像是一幅 畫。這個美麗的季節是由於寒冷的夜晚和陽光不足而產生。植物、樹木與像是莓果已準備好面對冰凍的冬天。這些大自然本能的小魔術單單是聖誕老人背後的決定促使和建立聖誕老人村神奇的羅瓦涅米,但還有更多。有傳言,聖誕老人的妻子在芬蘭被稱為“Joulumuori” 。最初從羅瓦涅米而來,為了守護妻子的快樂和滿足,聖誕老人夠聰明的選擇羅瓦涅米為聖誕老人村的地方。


What actually then happens in the Santa’s village in Rovaniemi? There are for example a post office, where Santa gets letters from children all over the world what kind of presents they would like to have for Christmas and maybe some stories have they been naughty of nice.. Letters are coming from 198 countries and approx. half a million letters are being received per year, so there is much reading to do for Santa!  Also in the village, you can visit the many workshops of the elves, where they build, knit, carve and sew the presents for the children. They work all year around, expect for that one day at Christmas, so they must be the most diligent persons ever known.

究竟在羅瓦涅米會發生什麼?例如,有個郵局,聖誕老人會收到從世界各地的孩子的信期待有什麼樣的禮物,他們希望能有聖誕節,或者孩子們分享他們調皮或乖巧的故事。這些信件來自198個國家,約每年接收五十萬封信件,所以聖誕老人永遠有讀不完的信件!
另外,在村里,你可以參觀許多小精靈的工作坊, 他們為孩子建構、編織、雕刻和縫製禮物的地方。他們工作一整年期待著在聖誕節那一天,所以他們一定是眾所周知最勤奮的人。


In the village, there is also a mystical and secret wheel to adjust time. This is very handy equipment  Santa to own since this allows him at Christmas time to visit all the homes on time.  This special wheel can also been seen at Santa’s village among Santa of himself, of course.

在村里,也有一個神秘的和秘密的馬車來調整時間。這是非常方便的設備讓聖誕老人自己攜帶,因為這讓他能在聖誕節的時候準時拜訪所有人的家。這種特殊的馬車在聖誕老人村與聖誕老人自己也可以被看到。

Rovaniemi all in all offers a unique place to Santa, Santa’s wife and his elves and an army of reindeer to work and give happiness and joy to all the visitors there. The surroundings are exceptional for everyone to experience Rovaniemi. The harshness of winter, coldness and snow underneath winter boots together with darkness and starry skies above give a magical touch to Santa’s hometown and its glittering lights. In the summertime, the never ending sunlight, the nightless nights, itself is exotic and interesting phenomena to experience Rovaniemi, Santa’s hometown.  So in short, what else can one wish for? This must be the happiest place on earth.

羅瓦涅米所有的一切提供了一個聖誕老人獨特的地方,聖誕老人的妻子和他的小精 靈和馴鹿的軍隊工作並給予所有的遊客幸福和快樂。周圍環境非常地特殊讓大家體驗羅瓦涅米。在嚴酷的冬天,寒冷冰雪的冬靴之下與黑暗佈滿星空的情境,帶給聖誕老人的故鄉是一個神奇的風格與它閃閃發亮的燈。在夏季,無休止的陽光下造就了不夜城之夜,羅瓦涅米本身奇特與有趣的現象帶來體驗聖誕老人的故鄉。因此, 簡言之,還有什麼可願望?這一定是世界上最快樂的地方。



聖誕老人村資訊
Santa Claus
Santa Claus´ Main Post Office
Tähtikuja 1
FI-96930 Arctic Circle
FINLAND