Christmas today and yesterday

Today, Christmas seems to be all about spending as much money in as little time as possible, with the celebrations all tailored to Western ways. Older people nostalgically recall how peaceful Christmas was in the past, when special customs were practised from Advent to Three Kings Day, and regret that young people will never experience them.

Today, Christmas seems to be all about spending as much money in as little time as possible, with the celebrations all tailored to Western ways. Older people nostalgically recall how peaceful Christmas was in the past, when special customs were practised from Advent to Three Kings Day, and regret that young people will never experience them.

So, what did Christmas look like in different Slovak regions in the past? And is anybody still celebrating Christmas in those traditional ways? The Slovak Spectator spoke to people from the country's east, north and south about their Christmases, including the proprietor of a cottage perched in the High Tatras.

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