Hello and welcome to a special Christmas episode of our podcast. Today, you’ll hear from three of our slowczech teachers – Veronika, Šárka, and Daniela – as they share their unique Christmas stories. Whether you’re learning Czech for (lower) intermediate or at advanced level, this episode offers a delightful insight into Czech culture and the varied ways Czechs celebrate the holidays.
Veronika’s Story: Veronika recounts her unconventional Christmas experience in Panama in 2016, marking her first journey outside Europe. Expecting a non-commercial holiday, she was surprised to find Christmas in Panama quite similar to the U.S., with abundant decorations and lights. Seeking a unique celebration, she and her husband spent Christmas Day on a secluded island, encountering rain, tropical mosquitoes, local wildlife, and eventually enjoying a seaside dinner with traditional Panamanian dishes.
Šárka’s Story: Šárka shares a childhood memory that revolves around her fear of the mysterious Ježíšek, who delivers gifts in the Czech Republic. She describes the magical and unseen nature of Ježíšek, leading to her anxiety about possibly seeing him and thus risking not receiving gifts in the future. This story gives listeners a glimpse into traditional Czech Christmas practices and the imaginative world of Czech children.
Daniela’s Story: Daniela narrates a childhood tale focused on decorating the Christmas tree with her brother and the anticipation of edible ornaments, especially chocolate figures. She humorously recounts their sneaky efforts to eat the chocolates before Christmas, leaving empty wrappers on the tree, a common childhood experience during Czech Christmases.
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