In Hungary celebrating also means eating so-so much delicious food. The menu of the holy night could be various. The most popular dishes are fish soup, fried fish, stuffed cabbage and a special cake called ‘bejgli’ (a nut or poppy-seed roll). Since it is quite difficult to make this type of cake maybe that is the reason why it is usually eaten only in Christmas time.
After the dinner families sit around the Christmas tree and before the presents change owners they often sing a song together. Little children believe that their gifts are given by angels so that parents should be so careful when they put the presents under the tree. For this reason on 24th’s afternoon one of the parents take children to snowball, skate or simply to see the grandparents while the other decorates the tree and put gifts under it. After presentation and an abundant dinner lot of the families go to the midnight sercive.
On 25th and 26th of December people visit their nearest and dearest relatives and friends and continue to eat and give presents. On the first and second days of Christmas in most of the cases meat soup and fried turkey with mashed potatoes are served. The turkey filled with chestnut, prunes or cheese is so delicious.