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One of the ways in which the Czechs lead the entire world is their strict dedication to delicious Christmas pastries. “Vánoční cukroví,” or “Christmas cookies” in English, are not just a comforting indulgence for the holidays, but an important skill and social custom that bonds people together. With the amount of love they put into it, it’s rude and selfish to turn down a Czech grandma who offers you cukroví, so don’t even think about it. It doesn’t matter if you’re already full, on a diet, or diabetic. You better grab at least 3 of those cookies. Usually, Vánoční cukroví come in large assortments so choosing which one you want can be nerve-wracking. To help narrow things down, here are theRead more.

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Ski resorts have been forced to turn off the chairlifts and shut down completely to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Disregarding the pandemic, Czechs are committing the ultimate sin of having fun in the snow.  Approximately 300 people, mostly young families, are showing up for sledding and skiing at the Monínec ski area near Příbram every day. With the chairlifts down, they’re just hiking to the top of the mountain and then skiing back down.   Jaroslav Krejčí, director of the resort, said, “It’s total chaos here. There are more people here when it’s closed than when it’s open.” Unlike some other countries, in the Czech Republic, mountain resorts technically don’t have the right to ban people from entering the mountains sinceRead more.

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Christmas worldwide conjures up the image of tables filled with sweets, desserts, and candies, and Christmas in the Czech Republic is no different. Vánoční cukroví, or translated to Christmas sweets, can be seen in all kinds of bakeshops and cafés throughout Prague, but the vast majority of Czech families bake their own at the beginning of December. Every family makes their favorites, and there are too many variations of cookies to list. The most commonly seen are linecké, which are butter cookies sandwiched together with jam, preferably currant, or rybiz, flavored. The short, dark days create a perfect environment for families to turn on their ovens for hours. Cold winter weather creates the perfect atmosphere; since most of the cookieRead more.