Mikulas Bacsi comes to town
After years of being strictly agnostic on the Santa question (we would
feign ignorance but the grandparents could do whatever they want), our
family is in Transylvania this holiday season.
Here, on December 6th children clean their boots and leave them
outside and Mikulas Bacsi (Uncle Nicholas) comes and leaves goodies
and gifts. As the visiting Americans, every effort was made to make
sure an adequate Mikulas Bacsi would come to our house. It is Saint
Nicholas day and the tradition lives on in the Unitarian villages
(which were Catholic a few centuries ago) even if the Catholic saint
becomes Uncle Mikulas.
Our little ones were quite excited. I got the phone call from the
minister to get ready and made the bag exchange to get the gifts to
them before the kids came out to see Mikulas Bacsi.
It was quite adorable and charming. Chocolate is quite the major gift
here and we have had to take a real "don't ask, don't tell, don't
pursue" approach to our kids getting sugar and milk products.
Christmas will be 4 days here. We will have regular church and
communion on Sunday monring, Christmas Eve service on Sunday evening,
and then worship on the 25th, 26th and 27th. Children will perform at
the school on the Friday before and at the Church on Christmas eve
(Religious Education is taught by the minister at the local public
school here). We are quite looking forward to it.
After that, we return to the states after 6 months and celebrate the
holidays with family and friends.