As soon as we turned the calendar to December, signs of the Christmas season began to emerge around Tartu. First the two biggest department stores changed their window displays and decked out the building facades with Christmas lights and large bows. Soon lights of all types began to appear on the streets. Then as I hurried home in the evenings across the Raekoja Plats in the steadily cold temperatures below freezing, I noticed men working on platform lifts high above the square putting long strings of lights up. A couple of days later a large tree appeared in the middle of the square. So it went with new additions seen on a daily basis. Everything is in place now and the Christmas festivities have begun! And it is very cold!! Even the locals are remarking how cold it is. I won’t even mention what the two Floridians think!! Today it was 10o Farenheit ( around -11o C). If you have noticed, I have added a weather widget on the blog in the right hand panel. This widget is a sign among others that my very computer savvy daughter Liisi has arrived from Washington DC to spend Christmas with us. Liisi took a two-week vacation to spend Christmas with us here in Tartu. It is so nice to have her here.