CHRISTMAS IN CZECH REPUBLIC. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. All children and adults as well lookforward to it. A month before the Christmas madness starts. People are running from shop to shop, trying to get the best presents for their family and friends.
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Each of four Sundays in Advent the shops are open till 3pm so that the people could buy their Christmas presents.
In larger towns there is a Christmas Market in the main square.
Christmas Market in Přerov
In every household people can´t imagine the Christmas without Christmas cakes. And all the hosewives want to have the best cakes and a special sweet plaited loaf called „vanocka“.
Those, who don´t have time to bake their own cakes, can have it baked for example in our school
This is the most important day of the whole Christmas holidays. All the members of the family have their duties.
Father locks himself in the living room and he is decorating the Christmas tree and drinking the homemade egg liquor.
Mother is in the kitchen from the very morning, She is preparing the festive dinner and in the afternoon she is getting more and more nervous because she is not in time.
There are lots of fairy tales for the kids on TV, but they keep watching one or two of them.
Then they start to be annoying because they can´t wait till the Jesus comes to bring them the presents.
In the evening, at about 5 or 6pm, „all is calm, all is bright“. All are sitting at the table, smiling wide and having the dinner.
It is usually fish soup and then fried carp with potato salad. Some people are afraid of going to the hospital because of the fish bone in the throat and that´s why they have chicken or turkey instead of the carp.
After the dinner the family goes to the Christmas tree, they sing carols and then they unwrap the presents.
In our country we believe that the presents are brought by Baby Jesus.
People usually have the small Bethlehem in their homes as a Christmas decoration.
The figures are made of paper, wood or plasteor or many other materials. In churches you can see big Bethlehems and in the square there are so called live pictures of Nativity.
People cut the apples in half.
If they see the star inside, that means that they will be healthy all the next year.
The cross inside means the death.
Young girls pick the cherry tree sprigs on the day of St. Barbara (December 4).
They put them in the vase and if the sprig come into blossom till Christmas, the girl will get married next year.
People put small candles into the nutshels and let them sail in the washbasin.
Whose boat sails further, that goes further from home in the future.
Young girls throw the shoe over their shoulder.
If the forepart shows to the door, the girl will get married and move from home
People believe that they will see the golden pig if they don´t eat for all the day on 24 December.
(After such a long starving they can see anything)
We call it Silvestr. It should be the funniest day of the year.
There are lots of comedies and funny sketches on TV.
People usually spend Christmas with the family, but on Silvestr they often go to the mountains and spend their time with friends.
At midnight they open the bottle of champagne and drink to each other´s health.
They kiss, hug and wish all the best, health, luck and happiness to all the New Year.
People make New Years resolutions on the last day of year. Those usually are:
(But they forget them the next day)