I went to the Christmas tree lighting in Raekoja Plats on Sunday.
Of course, since I didn't bring an umbrella, it was POURING.
By standing really close to a guy with a really big umbrella (which said something about some socialist website on it...I worried about being under the umbrella of socialism!), I was able to make it through three songs and two speeches.
But by then I was drenched, so I gave up and went home.
I checked on Postimees (the largest local paper), to see if they had pictures or video of the lighting.
Instead, they had pictures and video of the tree falling...AGAIN.
You can check out video of it here, and a story about the incident here.
The rumor mill says the tree was sabotaged by squirrels...the squirrel is the mascot of the ruling Reform Party, and the tree was put up by the Mayor of Tallinn, who is from the opposition Center Party. But if you ask me, I think it was the wind.
And fear not, the tree will be back...but it will be a bit more modest...only 17 meters tall instead of the previous 24 meters. Which is still a pretty frickin' big tree!