Christmas is so different here, but at the same time its very similar to Christmas in the States.  People are friendlier and more generous.  For the past week or so, the Gypsy street children have been getting on the trams and singing carols then collecting money.  They usually have a stick with them wrapped with garlandwith a bell or two on it.  I was able to snap this shot and then the smaller boy came directly to me to get his “payment” for taking his picture.  I had 2 croissants with hazelnut filling, I had planned to give to the carolers, so it worked out perfect.

Gypsy boys singing carols on the tram.

Gypsy boys singing carols on the tram.


Another tradition is cozonac–sweet bread.  Ramona’s (my language tutor) mother made this one for me.  She will make over 30 this Christmas, to fulfill all the orders she has gotten from friends and neighbors. I was honored she would make one just for me.  Ramona and I were able to have a piece right out of the oven. Yummmm. So good. The black filling is poppy seed with sugar.




Finally, I want to show you a traditional Romanian Christmas tree.  This pictures is actually from last year, but that’s ok.  There are trees and all the trimmings for sale on the sidewalks out side of the markets.  People will carry their trees on to the tram to transport them home.  Then you see them walking on the sidewalk with a tree tucked under their arm.  I love it!

Brad de Craciun

Brad de Craciun

2 Responses

  1. thanks for sharing these traditions…i want a bite of that cozonac right now!!! (waiting for breakfast to be done & i’m hungry…)

  2. I love that things are more centered around traditions and less commercial than here. I hope you are enjoying it as much as it seems and aren’t too lonely for family. 🙂 You are right where you are supposed to be!

    Funny about the “payment” for a photo – I forgot about stuff like that.

    Anyway, I should email you.

    Merry Christmas!

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