Preparation The members of the family clean the house. Everyone puts their new clothes, while children play around the decorated Christmas tree, waiting for the presents.
The person who finds the coin in their piece is expected to have good fortune in the next year . Christmas Eve Dishes T here should be seven or more (always an odd number) vegetarian meals, with each dish symbolizing the household’s hopes for luck, health and happiness . The most common dish on the Christmas Eve dinner table is the round loaf with a coin. The eldest person breaks the bread into pieces.
There also are cabbage or vine leaves stuffed with rice, beans, peppers stuffed with rice or beans, pickles, pumpkin pie, banitsa, stewed dried fruit, garlic, onion, honey, dried fruit, walnuts, apples, wine and traditional Bulgarian brandy - rakia. Christmas Eve Dishes
A spell for prosperity is made by the Christmas log – especially picked thick part of a tree, which is l eft to burn throughout the night on Christmas Eve. It is believed that this will bring luck and make people’s hopes a reality. When the meal is over the table is not cleared until the following morning Christmas Eve Fire
Carols Singers In some villages a t midnight on Christmas Eve carollers start their rounds, visiting all the houses of their neighbours . Boys and m en wear traditional costumes and sing songs for wealth and health for the hosts and the household, for which they are rewarded with money and foods, later given to charity .
Cornel decorated patting stick A favorite custom for the children is patting with a specially prepared stick of cornel decorated with wool, cotton balls and strings of popcorn . It takes place on 1 st January. C hildren pat their relatives and family friends, wishing them health, wealth, happiness and all the best. The person patted should give the child some small coins, as a way of “buying” success and luck for the coming year.
Chrsitmas day On the Christmas morning children open their presents, which were left by Santa under the Christmas tree. Some people go the church. In the Christmas meal there is a Christmas turkey, other kinds of meat, Cheese pastry with lucky charms (banitsa), etc.
C hestita Koleda I shtastliva nowa 2010 godina! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2010!