Christmas at 2,015 meters

THIS will be the 9th time that Miroslav Jílek celebrates Christmas at 2,015 meters above sea level. Jílek, who runs Téryho chata in the High Tatras says that the celebration up there is pretty much the same as what people do down there.
"Nothing special: we eat cabbage soup and carp with potato salad. However, up here, it is much quieter and whiter."


TĚRYHO chata in the Tatras.
photo: Chris Togneri

THIS will be the 9th time that Miroslav Jílek celebrates Christmas at 2,015 meters above sea level. Jílek, who runs Téryho chata in the High Tatras says that the celebration up there is pretty much the same as what people do down there.

"Nothing special: we eat cabbage soup and carp with potato salad. However, up here, it is much quieter and whiter."

Another difference is that they have to carry the food all the way up on their backs, often in fresh, heavy snow. On Christmas Eve, after it gets dark, Jílek's friends and guests gather in a room lit by candles and gas lamps. After an aperitif they start to serve the Christmas dinner. They remember their stories and share them with others. Presents are laid under the Christmas tree, which in this case is a short decorated one.

"New Year's Eve here is more lively, as we can see the giant fireworks down in the town perfectly. Having said that, one Christmas wasn't so peaceful. As usual we put a carp in the snow and an ermine, the little beast, stole it and ate it. That time it wasn't us, but him, who had the Happy Christmas."

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