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Gingerbread-Eating Record in Rakvere Christmas Village

The period leading up to Christmas is always an exciting time. This year children living in shelters were taken to Rakvere Christmas Village on board a genuine Christmas train, which certainly added to the holiday feeling. Perfect winter weather made the village look like something out of a fairytale. The village is located in a magic castle on top of a hill (also known as Rakvere castle) where there was a lot to see and do throughout the day.

In the early morning children from different shelters gathered at Tallinn’s central station to board the train. The littlest among them were excited by the train ride alone – as it turned out, the majority of them were travelling by train for the first time in their lives. On the Christmas train all of the children received a travel passport, while Santa’s little helpers ran a Christmas quiz and rewarded the winners with prizes. When in Rakvere, the children trudged together with Santa’s helpers through deep snow straight to the magic castle, where an enchanting world of wonders awaited them.

In the theatre of the palace the children watched ‘The Forest Fairytale’ and from there they proceeded to explore the castle itself, as well as the Academy of Santa’s Helpers. In the castle’s fascinating workshop, wizards helped the children make beeswax candles and mint magic coins. These handmade candles had such an attractive aroma that the children were tempted to take a bit out of them! Even on the way home 11-year-old Anar was still pondering how the wizard had lit the candles using a mere spell.

The cave of horrors concealed amazing secrets. Ander (12) and Tiit (11) came out of the room with wide eyes and wondered how it was possible for a skeleton to move. At Santa’s post office, letters and gifts sent to Santa were being sorted. In addition, everyone had the chance to learn martial arts. Little Alexandra (4), who is generally a very quiet girl, got completely lost in sword-fighting – she turned her head aside, closed her eyes and battled on with all her strength. When the game was over, she was the only one still boldly fighting. Decorating gingerbread was another favourite with the children. Tanja (6) could not wait for the gingerbread to be decorated, and probably set a record as the fastest gingerbread-eater!

The children were happy to participate in all of the workshops. All of the graduates of the Academy of Santa’s Helpers received a special certificate for excellent behaviour and knowledge. After the long day, everyone returned to the train station, where all of the certificates were stamped to prove that their holders had visited the Christmas village. At home, the children recalled everything they had seen and done with great excitement and lit their candles. This trip was so memorable that the moment they arrived home, the children started to inquire when the next visit to the village would take place.

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