Boldog Karácsonyt

Merry Christmas!!  I hope and your loved ones are doing well this day and have been enjoying your holiday celebrations.  My Christmas, though unconventional, has been very nice and I have had a lot of fun taking part in Hungarian Christmas traditions.  There are two days of Christmas in Hungary: the 25th and the 26th.  On the 25th, the tree is usually decorated with candies wrapped in gold and red.  The candies consist of citrus-flavored jelly covered in chocolate; they are pretty good!  Along with church on the 24th, there are church services on the 25th and 26th with communion at each service and a lot of lovely singing.

In Hungary, Christmas is not Christmas without töltött káposzta—meat and rice wrapped in boiled cabbage leaves and baked on a bed of sauerkraut with tomato sauce over the whole thing.  In the northeastern part of the country, töltött káposzta is sweet because they use sweet cabbage leaves and sweet tomato sauce to bake the stuffed cabbage.  It is delicious!  For dessert, they have makos kalacs (poppy seed roll), gesztenye kalacs (nut roll), and apple bars, all of which are incredibly tasty.

Hungarian culture is very family-oriented and the Christmas holiday is no exception.  Christmas is a time to be with family and I hope you were all able to spend the day with the people you hold closely to your heart.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers this day and I pray that you are all in good health and good spirits as you celebrate the birth of our Lord.  Have a great day!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!  (4)

My lovely Christmas tree!!


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