It is Christmas Eve and for me, as an Eastern Orthodox Bulgarian, this is when the celebrations really happen.
It is a family thing; not a noisy, showy affair full of presents but a family meal.
The meal consists of many vegetarian dishes: after all it is the last meal of the fast. On Christmas Day we have meat; traditionally pork.
Today I cooked; I cooked many different dishes. On the picture, you could see that there were nine different dishes:
stuffed cabbage leafs;
- feta cheese pie;
- pickled onion;
- tomato and pepper salsa;
- peanuts; and
- kadaif (this is syrup soaked eastern dessert)
This is done for health, prosperity, good luck and fruitfulness next year. I also learned today that as part of the custom one shouldn’t clear the table. This is so if the vluhvi (in Slavic pre-Christian culture these were magic men, good wishers, medicine men) come around, they’ll have something to eat and put a good wish on the house.
We cleared the table; there is so far I could go for a custom.
Please also welcome the new member of our family.
She is eight weeks old Border Collie (Blue Merle) and just moved in today. She is very clever, laid back for a Collie and is settling in well.
She misses her mum and dad, her brothers and sisters but we have a blanket with her mum’s scent. She also loves cuddling into someone’s arms and sleeping there.
Will let you know how the night went; I remember that our previous dog was like having a baby – sleepless nights, cleaning poo and much joy and love!
Have you finished your preparations for tomorrow?