Poppy Seeds, Witches, and Stools! Oh, My!

I will never look at a stool in the same way again. Last week, I was having tea with my Hungarian friend Piroska when she told me about the Lucy Chair (Luca szék). The story sounded like something out of … Continue reading

The Pickle Ornament – A Fake Cultural Tradition!

When I was in fourth grade, I cried when mom sat me down and told me that there was no Santa Claus. My embarrassed older brother made her tell me. I probably would have gone on believing forever. That same … Continue reading

Santa Claus is Coming to Town…Half Naked!

Recently hundreds of men and women ran through the streets of Budapest dressed like Santa Claus. But they weren’t donned in fur. These St. Nicks wore swim trunks and bikinis! The skimpily-clad merry makers were participating in Budapest’s Santa Speedo Run, … Continue reading

Silver and Gold in Hungary

When I was a kid, every December I waited anxiously for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to come on TV. My family had a black and white Zenith. So, I had to take Santa’s word for it when Rudolph’s nose turned red. Since … Continue reading

The Wrapping Paper

Of all my Christmas memories, there is one that stands out among the rest. It happened in Budapest several years ago. The Boy Scouts from my school were going to throw a Christmas party at a local orphanage. I’d help … Continue reading