In the whirlwind of shopping for presents, decorating our homes, and stocking our pantries, there is a gentle voice calling us to connect with the very essence of Christmas.
Long before the dawn of Christianity, before Christmas markets, trees, and lights, there was a time when this season was filled with myths, magic, and rituals. No, it was not erased by the advance of modernity and commercial Christmas.
In the heart of Europe, Christmas folklore and customs speak of a distant past, mystical ancestry, and a wholesome life and values. Slovak and Czech Christmas traditions merge the Christian and the pagan, the old and the new, the seen and the unseen. They hold the key to unlocking the depth and breadth of our rich heritage and profound wisdom. They speak to us of who we really are, and they are filled with respect for our roots and for those who came before us.
This talk will present stories of known, unknown, peculiar, and touching customs. These customs are colored with humor, sentiment, and memories, and will be brought to life by our speakers.