Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating with friends and family. It has been a vastly different experience celebrating it in a foreign – and cold! – country, and without all the family I would usually see. I am very grateful that I was able to spend it with some loved ones, and Chris and I were able to skype family back at home.
On Christmas Eve most Europeans celebrate their Christmas festivities, so much of the city is closed. We were able to go to an exhibition of handmade Bethlehem nativity scenes I had previously seen with my Czech buddy.
Christmas day was a pretty chilled out affair. Chris and I headed over to my family’s hotel and we basically spent the entire day lounging around, cooking, eating, talking and a few casual strolls around the block. It was really enjoyable!
For lunch, Chris and I cooked something Czech themed. While not the traditional Czech spread of friend carp, we had roasted pork (with garlic, lemon, white wine and oregano) and potato salad. It was delicious! Oh, and Czech beer.
For dessert we had a Danish rice pudding, mixed with cream and almonds and served with a raspberry sauce. Traditionally in Denmark a whole almond is placed in the pudding and whoever finds it receives a prize! We ended up putting in multiple whole almonds and gave the kids some prizes.
Despite the lack of snow – and probably far too much eating – it was such a nice day. Chris and I of course broke out our daggy Christmas cardigans. Much love to everyone celebrating the holidays everywhere!