One of the folk crosses carved in Finland is the St. Thomas cross, consisting of a filigree of wood shavings. St. Thomas Day is celebrated on the fourth day before Christmas. It is a holiday custom to place this cross on a table with the Advent candles.
Thomas was the disciple of Jesus who, according to the Gospels, seemed to have more questions and doubts than clear and firm belief. The purpose of this cross is to encourage those who have questions to seek comfort and peace in faith.