Christmas stories seen through children's eyes Christmas in the countries of Europe - Page 3

I n countries of Central Europe (for this purpose, roughly defined as the German- speaking countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and possibly other places) the main celebration date for the general public (December is Christmas Eve 24). The day is usually a fasting day; in some places children are told they'll see a golden pig if they hold fast until after dinner. When comes preparation starts. Traditions of the Christmas evening Dinner concerning dinner vary from region region, for example, in Poland, Czech to Republic, and Slovakia, the prevailing meal is fried carp with potato salad and fish (or cabbage) soup. However, in some places the tradition is porridge with mushrooms (a modest dish), and elsewhere the dinner is exceptionally rich, with up to 12 dishes. This in fact reveals that when Christmas comes around all the kids get presents from neighbours and house guest. Even the house pet got a little something to gnaw on. After the dinner comes the time for gifts. Children usually find their gifts under the Christmas Tree, with name stickers. An interesting example of complicated history of the region is the "fight" between Christmas beings. During communism, when