Admission of Defeat

Oy. This did not go nearly as smoothly as I hoped.

Get it? Cause it's Rocky Road?

Get it? Cause it’s Rocky Road?

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Last year I was unemployed and living in a place I hated. My guess is 25 Days was a special way to escape that. It turned out to be so much fun that I was determined to do it again the following year, but plan ahead so there wasn’t the same scramble.

Obviously I didn’t end up planning.

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Day 3: Carp & Vánoční Rybí Polévka

Christmas in the Czech Republic is bathed in superstition and tradition. The list is long and, amazingly, many Czech families follow most, if not all, the rules. There are some good ones – like the table should be set for an even number of guests because an odd number brings bad luck or death. Or the first person to leave the table will die in the coming year so everyone has to get up at the same time. And my personal favorite, if you fast all day you will see zlaté prasátko, the golden piglet who brings good fortune, on the wall before dinner.

Omg shhhh he's sleeeepin.

Omg shhhh he’s sleeeepin.

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I want to see the golden piglet.

Even though the majority of Czech aren’t actually that religious, they place importance on those superstitions and traditions. Another tradition that seems to have stuck is carp. Traditionally, a Czech Christmas dinner consists of anywhere between 9 and 12 meatless (or supposed to be meatless) courses depending on the area of the country. Like other cultures that eat fish on Christmas, carp is symbolic of the Last Supper. Families that served 12 dishes were invoking Jesus’ 12 apostles.

Om...noms?

Om…noms?

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Day 2: Cola de Mono

Mmmm. Alcoholic beverages. Who doesn’t love an alcoholic beverage, especially on a holiday?

Yuck.

Yuck.

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Me. I don’t like alcoholic beverages.

Me aside, the answer would be most people. Come Christmas you get a lot of creamy, milk-based alcoholic beverages. Eggnog, ponche, rompope, coquito, etc. Chile has one too.

Cola de mono.

Cola de mono.

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Since Chile is a largely Catholic country, Christmas holds a special place on the calendar. It’s a time to get together with friends and family, eat, drink, and generally celebrate. The only equivalents would be New Year’s Day and September 18th (Chilean Independence Day). Since Christmas falls during the height of summer, the holiday has been adapted to fit the climate and culture of Chile.

Let me voice some of the obvious questions that are running through your mind right now.

Do Chileans eat fresh vegetable salads during Christmas dinner? Of course they do. Does Santa wear shorts? Ya darn tootin’. Is their milk-based alcoholic beverage of choice served cold?

You betcha.

I don't understand. Where are the brussels sprouts?

I don’t understand. Where are the brussels sprouts?

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Day 1: Christmas in China

Christmas is the most important day of the year in China.

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What is this magic?

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No it’s not, I’m totally lying.

The most important day/festival of the year is the New Year, also known as the Spring Festival. Children are given new clothes, delicious meals, small toys, and firecrackers (always a good idea to give a child a firecracker). They pay respects to their elders and spend time with family.

How stupid adorable is this?

How stupid adorable is this?

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Sounds a bit like western Christmas, amirite?

Christmas is celebrated in China, as well. Sort of.

OH MY GOD.

OH MY GOD.

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Last Year on 25 Days of Christmas (Food)…

Remember last year when I went insane and wrote a post a day for the 25 days prior to Christmas?

I think this is actually someone’s house.

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I’m doing it again this year.

Me on December 26th.

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While you reflect on my poor decision making, here’s the 25 (technically 26 because one was a two-parter) posts I did last Christmas.

Poor decision making. Ya know, kinda like getting a lower back tattoo.

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Tidbit Tuesday: Let’s Get Turkeyfied

Aloha! That’s Polish for “Holy crap, it’s Tidbit Tuesday!”

THEY’RE MINI TURKEY BURGERS!!!

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Thanksgiving is on Thursday. It’s a day for us to eat all the green bean casserole and take all the naps and have all the family fights. Those things are, of course, essential to a proper Thanksgiving, but the real star of the day is our tricky friend, the turkey.

Ooooooh so fiiiiine.

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Tidbit Tuesday: Candy and Trick-or-Treating

Wut wuuuuuut it’s time for another Tidbit Tuesday!

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I had a discussion the other day with my coworkers about how we trick-or-treated. There was talk of plastic orange pumpkins, shopping bags, and pillowcases (my weapon of choice). One girl even used a McDonald’s Happy Meal box. Then we talked about how awesome candy is and everyone should eat candy all the time and then not get obese and die.

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But why do we trick-or-treat for candy on Halloween? Where did that tradition start? When did it start? Why candy?

Because CANDYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

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Well, it started in America. To understand why it started we need to talk a little about the beginning of Halloween in North America. Very, very briefly.

Briefs.

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