Explore Czech Christmas traditions with nutty recipes. Vesele vanoce.
This is our 32nd Christmas living on the North American continent. We have kept most of the Czech Christmas traditions. Let me start with the oldest ones. The no. 1 undisputed Czech holiday tradition is baking. Recipes are passed from one generation to the next, sometimes perfected, sometimes left at their best.
Most women and girls start baking at the beginning of December and the reason is simple; cookies like Linzer and marzipan have to soften over time for the best taste.
I usually bake the third week in December, this year was an exception as I baked with our granddaughter Josephine for the first time ever. So we started early last Saturday before the power went out due to high winds. I passed on the baking tradition to our kids, Emma and Jake, now it’s our grandkids’ turn.
Somewhere in an old shoebox, I have print photos of Jake…
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Explore the Czech Christmas traditions throughout the ages; from old recipes to modifying the bizarre live carp Christmas Eve tradition.