Whew! It almost seems like such a long time since I have updated this blog. After moving to our new house 2 weekends ago, most of my time has been spent cleaning and fixing up the new place….and we are not finished yet. With Christmas just around the corner, I found myself even busier. Needless to say, life happened.
I will have a separate post regarding the house. Meanwhile, here’s how we spent our Christmas.
On Christmas day, we drove to my in-laws’ place in Moravia in this weather.
Just looking at the frozen fog was enough to frighten me a bit, but it really is a way of life over here. Everything seemed normal.
That same day, my husband’s brother and his family also came. It was a time for opening the gifts from Ježíšek (Little Jesus). Instead of Santa, Czechs believe that Ježíšek is the one bringing gifts. In our family, the children were asked to go with Grandpa and watch a pohadka (fairytale).
Meanwhile, the adults prepared the gifts and staged the room to appear like Ježíšek just left. This was done by opening one window and tolling the bell. When the children ran to the living room, they found presents under the tree.
Since they were too young to read, the adults helped tell them who the presents were for and they distributed the gifts.
Everyone was then busy opening their presents.
My little boy was very happy with the biggest gift he got from Ježíšek (a.k.a. grandma) – a toy digger.
At around 5pm that same day, we went to my husband’s grandparents to celebrate with the rest of the family.
There was another set of presents to open. But the best part was just bonding with the family.
While the kids were busy distributing presents from the tree, the adults were doing their thing.
The kids got toys, candies and chocolates, the men got wine…..
…. or slivovice (plum liquor).
No matter what generation, it is always a hit.
In one corner, I was chatting with my father-in-law and his mother.
Although there are a lot of nice material gifts, I guess that the best gift of all is family. Even though, my own Filipino family is too far away and I didn’t get to spend this Christmas with them, my Czech family provided me the necessary “warmth” I needed this winter season.