As a bilingual family, we always try to celebrate both traditions. So this evening we went to Estonia House for an Estonian Christmas Party – eating Estonian Christmas food (pork, sauerkraut, potatoes of course, and blood sausage). It was great to see all the children have to perform in front of Father Christmas before he gave them their presents…Even Annabel was happy to tell a knock knock joke and sing a version of Jingle Bells over the microphone. It is sad to see that most of the Estonian children prefer to use English as their first language. This is our responsibility to ensure that they grow up with both English and Estonian, and we should do everything we can, especially living abroad, to introduce them to our culture.
The reindeer here is made from a plastic bottle and the sleigh is made from a juice carton, whilst Father Christmas is actually a loo roll with the presents being empty matchboxes. Oh yes, it was snowing today too – a perfect day for a Christmas party.
Let’s all sing along…!
What about singing in Estonian:
Üle laia lageda,
lumivalge, uinund maa
sõidab linna jõulumees