A Reason to Celebrate

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Hello Lovelies,

Just over a week ago, Hungary celebrated St Stephen’s Day, one of the biggest celebrations in Hungary. To put it into perspective, think of New Years Eve combined with Australia Day and you’re getting closer to the scale of celebration that this day is in Hungary.

St Stephen was the first king of Hungary, the man responsible for uniting the seven Magyar tribes and bringing Christianity to the newly formed Kingdom of Hungary. I’m sure it wasn’t all smooth sailing in forging a kingdom and a new religion for a previously pagan population, but still a reason to celebrate.

Something that I have discovered while living in Hungary, is that most Hungarians are enthusiastically patriotic, especially when it comes to cheering on their fellow Hungarians in sports, and they also love a good celebration, whatever the reason might be -Hungarians love a reason to celebrate.

St Stephen’s Day was celebrated with a four day festival with many concerts, plenty of street food (of course), markets, a procession of St Stephen’s Holy right hand (his mummified hand is kept in St Stephens’ Basilica) and one of the biggest fireworks shows I’ve ever seen in person.

Yes Hungarians love a reason to celebrate and celebrate they do. This has reminded me that we should always find a reason to celebrate, no matter how small that reason may be.

In my latest WIP,, my characters go through some very difficult times. This makes them aware and appreciate the better days, finding even the smallest sources of happiness as a reason to celebrate.

Now I’m not sayin that we all need to go through hell in order to appreciate the good times. Sometimes this happens and it opens our eyes, but sometimes all we need is to be reminded that life itself should be a celebration. The gift of another day, the happiness and pride that fills you when you hear your child read their younger siblings a bedtime story or even when your three children are playing together WITHOUT ARGUING!

Yes, all these things and more are a reason to celebrate. So I encourage you all to find a reason to celebrate each day. I’m not saying your celebrating should always involve alcohol, because you might regret the expense and the constant hangover, but be happy and spend time with those you love and find your reason to celebrate.

Enjoy,
KK

 

© Katherine A. Kovács and The Writer Within, (2013-2016). Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Katherine A. Kovács and The Writer Within with appropriate and specific direction to the original content

 

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I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

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                                               Budapest in Winter.                                                          Image courtesy of Flickr CC David Nagy

 

Hello Lovelies,

Ever since I heard Bing Crosby sing, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”as a very young child, I’ve always wanted a Christmas with snow. Ever since I heard his warm bass-baritone voice sing the opening lyrics, I too was dreaming of a white Christmas. There’s a;ready something magical about snow covered surroundings and combining that with the magic of Christmas, celebrating with loved ones, would really be something special indeed.

I thought I would have my chance the last time I was in Budapest, 11 years ago. However, on that particular occasion, it was the first time in almost fifty years that Hungary had what they called, “fekete karácsony” or “black Christmas” – a Christmas without snow. In fact, it didn’t really snow until mid-January that year, when I had already returned to the Australian summer.

This time round, I didn’t get my hopes up luckily, because it seems that it is going to happen again and I my white Christmas will still be something of my dreams and I will have to settle for a white mid-January it looks like!

I’m beginning to think it may be my fault, in some strange way I’m bringing a piece of Australian summer with me each time I travel to Europe. Everyone has been commenting on how unusually warm it’s been this year, perhaps it’s global warming or something, either way the chances of a white Christmas are very small indeed.

Perhaps it is better that my dreams of a white Christmas remain as just dreams. Perhaps the reality of a white Christmas, travelling in the bitter cold snow to celebrate Christmas, then trudging back again, might not be as magical as it seems.

For now I am content to settle for the magic of dreams, reality doesn’t always live up to the hype. I’ll be happy to be with my little family, to see the happiness and joy on my children’s faces. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait for snow to fall, instead of the few small flurries we’ve had, but if it’s not on Christmas, then I’m OK with that. I’ll just keep on dreaming of a white Christmas, where everything is perfect and magical.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas.

Enjoy,

KK

 

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