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This year will be a Christmas like no other.

 

Families will be apart, we won’t be in church, or visiting with friends, but it will still be Christmas.

 

Dr. Fauci has confirmed that Jõuluvana, being a magical being, is immune to corona virus and will have no problem traveling.

 

Päkapikud are also immune, so keep an eye out for them running about.


Here are some ideas to help make this strange year special.

 

Have everyone in your family write a Christmas idea on a paper and put it in a bowl.

 

Then each day over the holiday, choose different papers from the bowl with things to do.

 

You could write down your favorite Christmas shows or movies to watch, the best place to look for Christmas lights, or a card or board game for the family to play. Make a family holiday playlist, one for Christmas, and one for New Year’s Eve.

 

Go for a hike! Even though it is cold, it’s beautiful outside.


There will be a little more time this year and this is a good time to explore Estonian food that take a longer to prepare.

 

This is a great time to bake, so try your hand at kringel or mulgikapsas, or rosolje.

 

We can all still earn our gifts by performing.

 

Zoom and FaceTime mean that you can still say your poem or sing a song for your family, no matter where they live.

 

Zoom is actually ideal for solo performances, if you usually get nervous, you can just look away from all the faces on your screen.


No matter how you celebrate, you may find yourself feeling differently this year.

 

That is completely normal. We are living in a difficult time, and there is no way we are supposed to be feeling.

 

If you are happy and excited or sad or angry or crying sometimes, it’s normal for right now. Everyone has been living through a more stressful and sad time, and those painful feelings may come up when you think you should be feeling happy.

 

If you are sad, talk to someone about it, and do something kind for yourself, and know that we really are getting through this.

 

If you are relieved that there is less running around and more time to sit by your tree and read a book, that’s ok too.


One thing I think about is how this is a historic time – the whole world is going through this Covid Christmas together, and we will never have another one just like it.

 

Take a lot of pictures and write down your memories, because this will be one to remember.


Tiiu Lutter

 

The Estonian Folklore Archive (Eesti Rahvaluule Arhiiv) is collecting people's "corona stories", including descriptions, tales (amusing or not), jokes, memes and whatever else may apply to ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

There is also a Corona questionnaire you can answer on the archive's website until Dec. 31 at http://kratt.folklore.ee/kysimustikud

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