In the Czech Republic, our main Christmas celebration is tomorrow, on 24th December, Christmas Eve.
My family starts the day with some light breakfast, for lunch, we have ‘kuba‘ – a meal made out of mushrooms, groats and garlic. We then go for a long walk, which we finish visiting a cemetery to light up candles for those, who are still in our hearts but no longer with us.
Our main food of the day is Christmas dinner, which usually consists of some fish soup, which I absolutely hated as a child 🙈, a fried carp and some yummy potato salad.
Carp is a traditional Czech Christmas meal, which symbolises Christianity.
We open presents after dinner. After we hear a bell ring coming from the living room. That’s to let us know that Ježíšek (baby Jesus) has visited and left us something underneath the Christmas tree.
I still remember that sense of wonder when I saw the decorated Christmas tree. My parents would decorate it the day before Christmas Eve, lock up the room and let us, kids, see it for the very first time after the Christmas dinner.
There was something magical in those sprinkling lights reflected in glass baubles. I absolutely loved it. That sense of surprise mixed with anticipation. Feeling giddy with excitement. It’s one of my favourite memories I cherish dearly.
Regardless if you celebrate Christmas or not, I wish you all a very peaceful holiday full of wonderful moments we people you care about.
Happy Holidays my friends. ❤️❤️❤️