A wonderful rendition, well articulated by Matthew Reynolds ("Christmas in Slovakia: Blessedly in hand" by Matthew J. Reynolds, Slovak Matters, Vol. 7, No.49, December 24 - January 13).
As a first generation North American of Slovak origin, you have evoked pleasant and touching memories of the simple but elegant Slovak traditions we experienced growing up at home. Somehow, they provided a balanced observance that seemed closer to the true spirit of Christmas than the commercialism so aggressively pursued in this part of the world.
As the world gets smaller in terms of communications and influence, let us hope the traditional Slovak Christmas customs prevail. Wouldn't it be nice if the tide of influence reversed course for a change. North America's spirit could definitely benefit from the simple and elegant Slovak traditions in this regard.
Keep up the good work.
Veselé Vianoce a Šťastlivý Nový Rok.