Sretan Božić i blagoslovljena Nova Godina
Holiday greetings from Dubrovnik. The old town typically gets decorated with lights and garlands of bay leaves above the shop doors. Christmas Eve will bring out the carolers as they stroll the town stopping to serenade many homes. The evening warms up as it is traditional to invite the singers indoors for a drink of Rakija and Christmas cakes and cookies
Also on Christmas Eve many people will attend Midnight mass at local churches after consuming a late night supper of Bakalar. This traditional dish is made with an especially interesting fish from the North Sea. At first glance it looks like an old dried up piece of wood and it could easily strike a ball without breaking apart. One must soak this fish in water for 3 days just to begin the cooking preparation. It is cooked atop the stove with potatoes and garlic, lots and lots of garlic, for a minimum of 2 to 3 hours. And although the aroma is so distinctive, it tastes great.
Christmas Day is family oriented with dinner at home and stuffing oneself with the many local delicacies. Desserts will abound the table and eating will continue until late afternoon.
Here in Croatia, the day after Christmas is also a holiday known as Boxing Day. I think it’s really a day of recovery, from the good food and wine.
May your holidays be filled with joy, happiness and good health for the New Year!
Merry Christmas and blessing for your life in the New Year.