The Nutcracker

It is the night before Chrsitmas Eve. And I have already put up the Christmas tree and wrapped the presents and baked some cookies. The tree is not decorated yet, I have only put up the lights. Here in Hungary the tradition is to decorate the tree on the 24th.

Today I had some Mommy- boy time with my big boy BB#1. We went to the Theater and saw the Nutcracker.

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The Christmas tree in the hall πŸ™‚

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I was expecting the classical version, but this was a modern ballet, that was kid friendly πŸ™‚

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Photo from the show from: http://szinhaz.heribertc.hu/mu/diotoro

After the show we walked home. We stopped for some hot tea at the Christmas market:

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BB#1 and the reindeer πŸ™‚

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We got a snowman cupcake at the bakery πŸ™‚

Merry Christmas to everyone reading! Happy Holidays!

Parlour Candy – Szaloncukor

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“Parlour candy” (Szaloncukor in hungarian) is a type of sweets traditionally associated with Christmas in Hungary. It is usually made of fondant, covered by chocolate and it is wrapped in shiny coloured foil, then hung on the Christmas tree as a decoration.

Every year, almost 1.5 kilos of it are consumed per household during Christmas season.

The tradition of hanging these candies on the Christmas tree started in the 19th century. It was named szaloncukor because the tree usually stood in the parlour (szalon in hungarian; Cukor means “sugar” or “candy”).

In Hungary no Christmas tree is complete without szaloncukor.

Not only does szaloncukor make a great tree ornament, it’s also a sweet delight. As kids, part of the fun was to eat szaloncukor off the tree and leave the empty wrapper to make it look like it’s still filled with candy.

Today there are lots of flavours: jelly (lemon, orange), chesnut, chocolate, coconut, marzipan, strawberry, raspberry, apple-cinnamon, toffee, hazelnut, joghurt, almond, black forrest, cottage cheese, tiramisu, poppy seed, cappucino, baileys, eggnog.

My favorite szaloncukor is made by Szamos. This year I bought 2 boxes, orange marzipan and the new flavour hazelnut marzipan:

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Do you put parlour candy on your Christmas tree?