Sunday, 21 December 2014

December 21 - When Christmas Really Starts in Estonia!

Today is Toomapäev, the day of St. Thomas that marks the start of Yuletide, Jõuluaeg, in Estonia. Traditionally Toomapäev is considered the true start of Yuletide celebrations in Estonia where homes get into serious Christmas mode from this day forth. In order to peacefully usher in the holidays, home historically underwent serious major cleaning on this day. Walls and ceilings were cleared of soot and grime hence the phrase 'Must -Toomas välja!' (Black Thomas out!)

With only a few sleeps remaining until the big day is upon us, I'm sure preparations are underway in every home to make this day as joyous as possible!

Tallinn - simply spectacular at Christmas time!