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.

(source)

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?

(source)

Continue reading

Day 2: Cola de Mono

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

Yuck.

Yuck.

(source)

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.

(source)

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?

(source)

Continue reading

Day 1: Christmas in China

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

china-christmas-2008-12-20-23-34-0

What is this magic?

(source)

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?

(source)

Sounds a bit like western Christmas, amirite?

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

OH MY GOD.

OH MY GOD.

(source)

Continue reading

Tidbit Tuesday: Turn of the Century GMOs

What’s that I smell? Another Tidbit Tuesday!?

I love you, Mrs. Beeton.

(source)

This week I’m sharing some postcards created by one William H. “Dad” Martin. No relation.

I had to.

(source)

Martin was a photographer located in Ottawa, Kansas during the turn of the century. He started out in 1894 as a photographer but it wasn’t until 1908 when he started using trick photography that he hit the big time.

“Taking geese to market” from 1909. Really big geese.

(source)

That was a pun. I made a punny.

Martin produced a series of postcards, many of which featured hugely exaggerated images of food. The photos were so popular that over the next three years he earned the equivalent of more money than I will ever have in my entire life.

Enjoy.

Continue reading

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.

(source)

I’m doing it again this year.

Me on December 26th.

(source)

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.

(source)

Continue reading

Tidbit Tuesday: Let’s Get Turkeyfied

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

THEY’RE MINI TURKEY BURGERS!!!

(source)

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.

(source)

Continue reading