Last year 100 Years in America was a much busier place during this season. I wrote articles on:
- Reflections from underneath the Christmas tree
- From the corner of my grandmother's kitchen
- Wheat on the table, straw on the floor
- On the eve of Szent Mikulás
- A "Merry Christmas" has no language barrier
- Kifli by any other name
- A ring, yellow roses & a Flying Cloud
- A Hungarian boy's 1st Christmas in America, 1923
- A pot of pšenica for Sveta Lucia
- Heavenly music and "little stars"
- Childhood memories of a Croatian winter's night
- Keeping watch on Badnjak (Christmas Eve)
I hope that the season of Advent has been a peaceful time for you, no matter how busy you've been. As Christmas approaches, I hope you'll take some time to read about the traditional Hungarian and Croatian traditions during this magical season and possibly be inspired to add some of them to your celebrations.
I just recently discovered an article posted online on the Croatian World Network website entitled Croatian Christmas Traditions by James Monti. The article was published in the Advent 2006 edition of the Catholic devotional magazine Magnificat. The focus is on the faith traditions of the Croatian people of Bosnia-Herzegovina. As Monti states in his article, "The strong sense of family characterizing Croatian Christmas customs serves as a reminder of the joy of the Holy Family at the birth of Christ and the future joy of heaven."
I hope you'll enjoy a joyful holiday celebration with your family and friends this year, no matter how you celebrate!