I have to admit, that although born in Canada, I have never had a Christmas cracker on my plate or cracked one open. On Christmas Eve, my plate was always a place for heeringas followed by verivorstid (blood sausages) and kalkun -- that last one being Canadian. People in Estonia do not roast a turkey for Christmas or any other time of year for that matter. The only crackers known in Eesti are the thin, crisp biscuits, known as a kreeker and fireworks known as ilu/tulestik, tulevärk and individually sometimes as a rakett.
As I've seen in other people's photos, Christmas crackers, first conceived in London in 1846, usually contain a paper crown. Estonians, especially on the country's western coast, have traditionally made crowns to hang above their heads, literally from the ceiling. They are thought to have been inspired by chandeliers (lühter or KROON/lühter) in churches and mõisad (manor houses). Made from pilliroog (reeds) or straw (õled), they are part of a larger Scandinavian tradition of making Christms decorations out of straw.
Eesti Elu Nr. 20 - 20. mai 2022 DIGILEHT
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