We are very lucky this Christmas, because we can enjoy the hospitality of my parents for quite a long time. We only go back to Denmark next Friday!
It also means, that my time at the computer is limited. Not that I am that sad about this fact, but it explains the rarity of my posts nowadays 🙂 But now I have some time to write a little bit about our Holidays.
This year was special, because we celebrated Christmas twice! First we held a little Christmas with my in-laws in Denmark. Cherry helped decorating the tree, she is getting very good at that, this was her second tree for the season 🙂 After that we danced around the Christmas tree, according to Danish traditions. Danes always put a flag garland on their trees, and my mother-in-law made not only a Danish garland, but also a Brittish and a Hungarian one, to please her children-in-law 🙂
We ate roasted pork with caramell-potatoes, red cabbage and gravy, yumm 🙂 My husband’s Mum also made a portion of rice-pudding with cherry-sauce, so however we were visiting 3 days before the actual Christmas, it really felt like the real one!
Santa came and visited us, leaving very nice and huge gifts behind for the kids, including a Cars pushing car for Paddington, and a pony princess castle for Cherry 🙂
After crazy packing and dropping our puppy off at a dog pension, we flew to Hungary on the 23rd. Due to the lovely snow-storms across Europe, we had to wait 3 hours before our plane could finally set off. It was very stressful, a lot of people trying to get home for Christmas, delayed and cancelled flights, restless children… but finally we got to Budapest.
The Hungarian Christmas tradtitions are quite different from the Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon traditions. We follow the German line, like in so many other things. Santa doesn’t come to us at Christmas. No. Saint Nicholas visits the Hungarian children on his name day, 6th December. He leaves some chocolate, fruits, small gifts in their polished boots, and some dry branches, if the kids were naughty. Christmas belongs to Jesus Christ. Baby Jesus, and his helpers, the angels leave a fully decorated Christmas tree in the children’s home, and obviously gifts as well 🙂 So on the 24th we heard the magic bells ringing from the living room, went in while singing, and found all the gifts under the tree.
We also had the traditional Christmas food, which is fish soup and fried fish on the 24th, and stuffed sour cabbage on the 25th (at least in my family this is the tradition).
And New Year’s Eve? We spent it nice and quiet, just the kids, my parents, my brother, his girlfriend, my husband and me. Playing board games, staying up late, drinking champagne.
What about your Holidays? What are your traditions, how did you spend these few days?