Text and photos Tiit Hunt, www.rmk.ee
Estonian text posted 20.12.2017
Historically the honour of erecting the first outdoors spruce is shared between
Christmas trees in homes began to spread in
But, and here too there is a but, there are places in
In earlier times folk tradition in
Making a garland from evergreen sprigs is actually a simple alternative option to bring in a little traditional Christmas smell indoors. And best of all – it is highly probable that everyone, at least all house or cottage owners, have the needed materials at hand and there is no need to go to the shops to fight with shopping-crazed throngs.
Making a garland is easy but somewhat time-consuming. First of all walk around the house with your pruning shears and from the spruce hedge – that has needed trimming for a long time – cut a suitable bunch of sprigs. Or use the ones that were left over when the spruce brought in from the forest was set up. Or go a round in a near-by forest and pick up branches fallen from the ever wind-swept pines and combine them with lingonberry, bilberry and heather stems.
Next suitable handfuls of sprigs, 10-
There are no more problems, the bunches of sprigs must only be fixed densely so that the fastening points do not show, and tied tightly to the base. Any kind of malleable handicraft or gardening metal wire will do, for instance what is used for tying up plants in greenhouses.
And that is all, the garland is ready for hanging up!