Czech Culture & Adaptation Holidays

Christmas for skeptics

November 25, 2011
Advent Wreath with Candles

Blending religion into Czech holiday traditions

Listening to Radio City (93.7 FM) this afternoon, I was surprised to hear the announcer declare that it’s officially one month before Christmas. This Sunday marks the first of the Advent season that Czechs celebrate religiously, at least with their Sunday shopping and their lighting of Advent candles, if not in a spiritual church-going sense. A month from now, Czechs will be cutting into their Christmas dinners of carp and potato salad and waiting for darkness to fall so Ježíšek (baby Jesus) can deliver presents to the good little ones and coal to the naughty. Since I had the American tradition of Thanksgiving on my mind, it was easy to slip into the holiday mode of thinking.

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