Today, in the evening, we'll be having (finally!) our Christmas Eve! After all of you have already forgotten about it, and shed the "holiday ponds" off your tummies.. it's time for our folk to rejoice (due to having a different advent calendar). :)Here's something interesting:
Decorated Christmas trees are not traditional in Serbia although, due to Western influences, they are becoming more common. Straw is placed throughout the home to signify Christ's humble birth. In our area, straw is placed on the dining table, covered with cloths and then the white sheet is placed for the family to dine on. Walnuts and wheat are strewn in the four corners of the dining room, by the father of the family, with a prayer for health and prosperity.
More about it after the FIRST Burda post of this year! :)
The colors, they are so bright and friendly!
So... it's my Christmas tomorrow... yay!
No meat, dairy or eggs are consumed, continuing through Christmas Eve night - (we call it "badnje veče" over here). We go fat & meat free since sunrise till sundown (but, majority of us tend to stay away from the fat & meat until tomorrow).
.......tonight's dinner is packed with joy!
The meatless meal (depending on the family and the region) may consist of potatoes and cod fish, tuna salad, a layered bean and onion dish, meatless sarma (link will guide you to a Wiki page, basically it's ground meat wrapped in leave of sour cabbage), a rice-and-vegetable casserole, nuts in the shell, fresh and dried fruits, and cookies made without dairy and eggs.
It is a custom in our region that, after Christmas Eve dinner, groups of children go from house to house of their neighborhood and sing to neighbors. This custom is called "korinđanje" (I wrote about it before, it's much like your trick&treat). They knock on a neighbor's door or ring the doorbell; when the neighbor comes out they greet him, and ask if they are allowed to sing. If the answer is affirmative, they sing a children's songs. As a reward, the neighbor gives them candies or even money; more traditional gifts include walnuts, prunes, apples, and cakes
Ahhh, the joy of receiving that handful of treats.. to me, as a child in not-so-great times, it was making eye sparkle and making me sing even more joyfully.
For my post on Christmas traditions, feel free go click HERE..
I will great you with our customary: "Peace to you, the Christ is born!"
(answer being: "Truly, he is born!") :)