Estonian Christmas

Merry Treesmas: the Saaremaa Christmas tree to end up in tonic water

The Estonian town of Kuressaare in the island of Saaremaa will fully recycle its 55-foot Christmas tree this year – the tree will end up in locally made tonic water. After the spruce has served its two-month duty in the town’s central square, its needles and branches will end up …

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Five recipes with a twist: What does Estonian Christmas taste and smell like?

Sille Vadi, a food blogger and a specialist for academic affairs at the University of Tartu, conducted a kind of sociological inquiry asking what does Christmas taste and smell like – and put a little part of those tastes and smells into practice with a little twist.* By Sille Vadi What …

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A travel magazine declares Tallinn’s Christmas market one of the best in Europe

An American travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, has declared the Tallinn Christmas market as one of the best in Europe. In its 2017 “The Best Christmas Markets in Europe” list, the magazine listed Tallinn as number two, saying the market’s highlight is its Christmas tree that “the city has been …

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PICTURES: The Estonian town of Rakvere creates an imaginative Christmas tree

The Estonian town of Rakvere has, for the fourth year in a row, installed a rather different and innovative Christmas tree. Like in the last three years, the tree was designed by Teet Suur, the town’s innovative cultural arts manager. Made from wood, the main peculiarity of this year’s Christmas tree …

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PICTURES: Estonia’s town squares in festive season

Christmas time is still the most important holiday celebrated in Estonia and while the most town councils make an effort to decorate the central squares well, the weatherman also helps along – white festive season makes it a fairyland. As compared with other Estonian Christmas symbols, the Christmas tree tradition is rather …

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PICTURES: Rakvere surprises with a Christmas tree, again…

The small Estonian town of Rakvere stood out last year by erecting one of the most distinctive Christmas trees in the world at the town’s square. This year, the town is attempting to repeat the same feat. Unlike the usual custom of harvesting forests for the traditional town square decoration, …

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