Christmas is that time of the year when family and friends get together, spend happy moments, give presents to each other, eat too much delicious food and make great memories for the years to come. This year, Christmas Eve found me in a new home, on a new continent and I must confess, a little sad. I was missing my family, our traditions and most of all singing Christmas carols around the Christmas tree.
This Christmas, I was bouncing between being extremely thankful and happy together with the people next to me, and missing my family and friends back in Europe. But as I am writing this blog post I realize that this Christmas was exactly what a Christmas should be: spending time with people I love (unfortunately not all of them), being kind with each other and thankful for all the good things in my life. It was also about being close with my friends and family, even when we are far away and sending my love with each Chritmas wish.
Coming back to traditions, this year I had a Polish-Romanian-American Christmas: Santa made team with the Angel for bringing the presents, Christmas stockings were hanging on the fireplace, the traditional Romanian pork dishes were replaced with fish and an extra chair for the unexpected guest was prepared by the table. I was happy to discover that some things will stay the same - everybody eats "sarmale" (aka gołąbki), "salata de boeuf" and "cozonac".
Meet the cozonac!
And in the end, I couldn't agree more with what Presi said in their Christmas blog post. Christmas is a state of mind, peace and quiet and a time for thinking about those around us, not only about ourselves.
From Seattle with love,
Craciun fericit, Wesołych Świąt & Merry Christmas!
Santa made good team with Angel