Happy Holidays from Slovenia!

Happy Holidays Everyone! I hope that you all had a blast and enjoyed quality time with your family, friends and love ones! Some of you were overwhelmed with snow or rain, but here in Slovenia, the ground was still dry and the grass still green – no snowflake for Christmas, we had a green Merry Christmas!


This year, I’ve decided to send out some handcrafted cards. It’s easy, inspiring and fun to do! All you need is paper, hot glue, some sparkles and your heart!

I think the mailing was a bit slow this year, seems like people didn’t get them yet…


On Christmas Eve, some workers were able to get off work earlier to prepare for the celebrations.

In the afternoon, we baked the traditional Slovenian nut cake Potica, whose fillings is mainly made of walnut, lemon zest with a slightly cinnamon flavor. The house smelled so good after!

After, we decorated the Christmas tree, freshly picked from the forest behind the house. Putting the lights and decorations on always gets me into the Christmas spirit! In Slovenia, figurines representing the birth of Jesus are traditionally put under the tree instead of gifts. Since most gifts were received during Saint-Nicholas Day, there weren’t much left for Christmas.

In the evening, we burnt scent and walked all around the house while saying prayers to bless the house.

Being Catholics, indeed, many Slovenians goes to Church for the Midnight Mass.


On Christmas day, we got invited for lunch in Sevnica, which is in the south-east side of Slovenia. Sadly, no snow yet – therefore we had a green sunny Christmas. The lunch was fantastic – seafood salad entrée, pumpkin soup, steak for main course with potatoes side dish and fried chicken. The dessert was chocolate cake with coffee and cookies.

After such a good meal, we needed a walk to digest a little bit. We took the opportunity to hike around and visited the Ajdovski Gradec, above the village of Vranje. It’s one of the most studied archaeological site in the region, reachable only on foot.

The path up is pretty steep, partially made of wooden stairs, but totally worth the walk. Due to the good weather, the view on top was amazing! I was able to see very very far away and it gave me a good idea of the region’s landscape: like the land is never ending.

Beautiful Vineyard in Sevnica, Slovenia

Beautiful Vineyard in Sevnica, Slovenia

Sevnica is also part of the wine-growing region of Posavje, which explains all the vineyards there.


The day after Christmas, December 26th, is not Boxing Day in Slovenia, but the Independence and Unity Day.

In 1990, December 26th, Slovenians had an official referendum, voting for its independence from Yugoslavia.

The Independence and Unity Day is different from the Statehood Day of Slovenia, which is celebrated on June 25th. In 1991, Slovenia proclaimed its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.


On the next day, we had a decent amount of snow. The land and mountains covered with white layers was such a beautiful views.


On New Year Eve, we went to Old Town Ljubljana for the countdown. There were a lot of people, gathered in the Prešeren Square (Prešernov trg) and the Congress square (Kongresni trg), dancing to the music of the live band, shooting small fireworks and sipping cooked wine.

In the slight cold, we walked around while holding hands and admiring, once again, the Christmas decorations in Ljubljana. We stopped by crowded coffee shop for tea and hot chocolate.

At midnight, individual fireworks were sent into the sky by Slovenians all around the water paths followed by the official fireworks from the Ljubljana Castle – what a wonderful way to start the new year!


I wish you all a lot of fun, adventures and discoveries in the upcoming year!

May you all have the best, including lots of joy, health, peace and love!

Until next post,
Anna.

Saint Nicholas Day is Coming!

The weather is getting colder and snow is falling – winter is coming. For the children, the most awaited celebration of the year is just around the corner.

In Canada, I celebrated Christmas with gift exchanges and family gathering, around December 25th. Here, in Slovenia, Christmas is also celebrated, but Saint Nicholas Day, which is on December 6th, seems to be more popular and traditional celebration.

It does make sense, since Slovenia is mostly Catholic.


The magic takes place the night before Saint Nicholas Day, on December 5th.

Saint Nicholas – Miklavž, and his devils – parkelj, is said to go around the houses and visit the children. Gifts will be given out to the children who have been well-behaving during the year, and for those who haven’t been, the parkelj would leave a rod on their doorsteps, for their parents to use to punish them.

And if they have been very naughty, rumors say that the parkelj would put them in a bag and take them away from their parents… which can be pretty scary for small children.

Some villages keep the festivities authentic by having a small group of people, disguised into Saint Nicholas and his parkelj and actually go visit children. Although, catching a glimpse of them doesn’t seem to be easy (as I haven’t seen them yet), but they are said to be pretty impressive – so it’s worth the hunt!


Happy Holidays Preparations! Have you been a good or naughty child this year?

Until next post,
Anna.