Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Romania Christmas Traditions

“Celebrated on December 25, Romanian Christmas is closely connected with pagan festivities, some elements of which continue to be a part of the holiday celebration in Romania today. Pagan themes of life and death are intertwined with Christian Christmas traditions.

Pork is an important part of the Romanian Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meal.

Santa Claus, or St. Nick, is called Mos Nicolae in Romania, and he appears on December 6 to distribute small treats and gifts to good children, who leave their shoes by the doorway to be filled overnight. However, Santa Claus can also visit on Christmas Eve after the decoration of the family’s Christmas tree.”

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