One thing is for sure: if December comes, it’s time to visit Christmas markets. It’s also time to eat tons of chimney cakes. And parlor candy. It’s time to curl up on our couch and get lazy. It’s time to write one of our favorite posts: the summary of our best travel moments of the year.
Then, it’s time for Christmas. Christmas in Hungary starts on Christmas Eve (24th of December). This day is an intimate celebration with the closest family. We decorate the Christmas tree, cook and eat through the traditional Christmas courses on the 24th. This day is about the two of us each year. Then the 25th and 26th of December are the days to spend with our parents, grandparents, siblings and other relatives.
Highlights of December
Christmas markets. Prague and Budapest are both magical at Christmas. We’re written a longer summary about our favorite moments from their Christmas Markets – read it here!
Cooking and baking for Christmas. We love cooking and baking together, anyway. We have our own traditional family Christmas menu for Christmas Eve that is different from the traditional Hungarian one (that we are not that fond of). It’s chestnut cream soup and a special salmon recipe. The dessert is always something new, it was Truffle Cake this year. Oh, and gingerbread and parlor candy, they are a must. 🙂
Well, Christmas. Christmas time is the most magical part of winter. We love it so much that we make it as long as we can. It means that until we have our Christmas tree standing it’s still Christmas time. Since we have a living pine tree each year, it survives for about a month in our living room and that gives us time to feel like Christmas until mid-January. Then it’s time to look forward to the first snowdrops.
Prague, Czech Republic
Most popular post from December
Dec 6: Santa Claus Is Coming To Hungary – this short post is about the tradition and our childhood memories of Saint Nicholas’ Day in Hungary.
More of our latest posts
Our Best Travel Moments Of 2017 – this is the post we enjoy writing so much each year! We hope that the collection of our favorite places and experiences can also give you some inspiration what to plan for next year…
Our Best Christmas Markets Moments Of 2017 – the Christmas edition of our best travel experiences. 🙂 This year we enjoyed the Christmas vibe in Prague and Budapest.
Greetings From The Middle Ages: Bouzov Castle – the most wonderful castle from the Middle Ages and one of the best hidden gems we’ve found in Czechia.
National Parks Of Hungary 5/10: Körös-Maros – let us introduce you to a barely known, lovely national park in the Southeastern corner of Hungary.
Photo of the month: Great Fatra National Park, Slovakia
Coming up in January
We don’t really have plans to leave Budapest in January. But we have a lot of plans what to do in Budapest! Visiting museums and thermal spas, ice-skating in Városliget, exploring new cafés and chocolateries, trying out escape rooms.
We’ve been planning some short snow hikes in the mountains near Budapest as well. Though we need some snow for that so we’ll see. 😀
How was your December? What are your plans for the next month?
We wish a Happy New Year to all of you! May you all enjoy many more wonderful moments in this upcoming 2018 and beyond.
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