Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Hungary Christmas Traditions

“The first opportunity for gift-giving is on December 6, the Day of St. Nicholas(Mikolas), when children receive small presents like candy or small toys in shoes that have been placed on the windowsill the night before.

The second opportunity for gift giving comes during Christmas Eve. The Christmas tree is set up and decorated, and gifts are placed underneath.

Christmas Eve marks the first real day of Christmas in Hungary, when the tree is put up and decorated. The next two days are spent with family and relatives and involve traditional foods cooked especially for the holiday.”

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