Christmas Village at the Estonian Open-Air Museum
Take some time off, come to the Estonian Open-Air Museum and get into the Christmas spirit.
It is hard to obsess about everyday worries and duties by the warm hearth, surrounded by savoury food smells, singing old songs and telling stores and chatting with the friendly family of the house.
Christmas Village at the Estonian Open-Air Museum introduces Christmas customs of our grandparents, great grandparents and their grandparents, reminding us of what Christmas spirit is all about.
Sassi-Jaani farm: a small Christmas fair will be held in the kiln room, and archive footage about Christmas in days of old will be shown in the chamber.
Köstriaseme farm: the men of the Aleksander parish are facing a difficult decision whether a ministry school should be set up in the parish or not. There are arguments both for and against the development of schools and promoting public education…
Nuki farm: Christmas is rather poor in the cotter’s family, but this year the package received from rich neighbours of nearby farm brings them joy. It is a beautiful Christmas album, and the members of the family take turns to read sad and joyful stories in it to the rest.
Pulga farm: the family celebrates Christmas as their ancestors used to hundreds of years before – with straw on the floor, Christmas decorations under the ceiling, and the table groaning with good things. This year the family is treating the parish beggar, who visits village homes in turns, to dinner so that he can feel the Christmas spirit too.
Härjapea farm: Mäetaguse women’s society headed by the housewife of Härjapea farm is getting ready for a charity sale to support education of young people suffering from unemployment due to the economic recession. They are baking gingerbread and pumpernickel cookies and making Christmas decorations.
Aarte farm: the farm owner and his wife are getting ready to go to the Christmas party held by the Käsmu Merchant Navy Association, making toys for the children whose fathers have gone missing at sea.
Lau village shop: a charity lottery will be held in the living room to support the “Association of Wounded Soldiers”. And if there is something still missing in your bag of gifts, do come by the shop room, where you can also send a post card!
Kuie school: parish clerk’s wife is teaching Christmas songs to almshouse residents so that they can step up at the evening Christmas party organised by the schoolmaster and the parish clerk for the almshouse inhabitants. Anyone can join in and sing!
Sepa farm: housewife will be making candles of mutton fat. The farm owner will be working in the forest, logging firewood that the town of Võru has ordered with a view to giving it away to the poor. Anyone can help him with sawing.