Merry Christmas and Boldog Karacsonyt to You and Your Family! Happy Holidays!
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Looking back on Christmas – The Way We Were
During the Pandemic maybe we have time to think back to our childhood Christmas memories with gratitude. Because I grew up in Hungary, my Christmas is a bit different from the American customs.
Christmas was a 3-day holiday event. On the 24th, the Christmas Eve menu included fish or vegetarian items. Meat came on Christmas Day and a day after only. Christmas eve was mainly for the close family. Next day the wider family enjoyed a lunch together. And on the third day friends, neighbours. We were so full of food! Gifts were opened on Christmas Eve – so all the kids and adults were dressed festively when they opened their gifts…
I still make marzipan “Szaloncukor” – which is a Hungarian Christmas candy hanged on the tree. It is like a small Christmas cracker, but we hung them on the tree. (We used to steal the chocolates inside , then carefully wrap the cover again, unnoticed by our Mom…)
Have a Very Whatsapp Christmas!
Santa with Face Mask Ornament by Old World Christmas _ Traditions https://www.christmastraditions.com/product/40319.html
You might not travel or have guests – that might not be wise. But look at it as an opportunity: you still can do a ZOOM party: share the menu, eat a plate together – no hassle to perform for a lot of people! – It worked for us during Thanksgiving: we have experienced a foodie family online sharing. My family has a lot of very talented cooks. Way before Thanksgiving we started a discussion texting the menu. These gourmet chefs bombarded my WahtsApp with ideas, later photos!
There will be only the two of us again at the table this Christmas. Cancelled all visits due to COVID. But again, the good side of it, that I don’t have to follow regular tradition and can be quite liberal fusing Hungarian and American tradition.
So here are some new mixed tradition Christmas holiday recipes for two