Tallinn is a very special place when it comes to Christmas. Not only does it have one of the best Christmas markets in the world but it is also the place where the very first public Christmas tree was erected. The tradition began in the year 1441, when the Brotherhood of the Blackheads (local merchants) put up a Christmas tree on Tallinn's Town Hall Square and decorated it with fruits, nuts and small objects. Decades later the tradition was adopted by Latvia then spread to the rest of the world. Each year a tree is specially chosen to be the centrepiece of the Christmas market. This year the spruce tree comes from Anija.