The Christmas holiday season starts with Advent. Advent wreaths can be seen in stores, schools, offices and in almost every home. Most children get Advent calendars with a small gift or candy for every day before Christmas. Trees are decorated on the holy night and is a private holiday. We don’t go to parties. Most families decorate the tree together. Some families keep the older tradition that the tree should be a surprise for children who believe it was brought by angels. Children enter the room only when the small tree bells ring and music arises. Christmas is a two day holiday. We stop for two days and turn to people we love the most. Christmas is the holiday of love and heart.
A traditional Hungarian Christmas dinner consists of carp fish soup, fried fish, turkey, stuffed cabbage and beigli (a traditional winter pastry stuffed with poppy seeds of chestnut filling.)