Christmas with…

Anela Paparevic-Felegyhazi

As we (almost always) live far away from our family, we have to travel at least 500 kilometers to see them. Traveling with two little ones, Ben 3y old and Noe 1y old isn’t easy at all. To spice it up a bit more, this year we brought along our dog Sparky as well. We pack as we are moving away every time lol, and I always bring along few baby carriers; one ring sling, one woven wrap and one full buckle carrier- those are a life savers for moving in a big city as Budapest is, especially in this rush and crowded time of year.

First, we go gift shopping as we couldn’t fit all the gifts in the car with all of us and our stuff. I didn’t have space to bring my babywearing coat (what a surprise?!) so Isara full buckle carrier is a great choice when entering a shopping mall (easy to take off extra clothes layers without disturbing my baby). I love their festive decorations!

A cup of coffee is a must for me at Starbucks! Their vanilla latte is amazing and gives me much needed energy after few hours spent shopping in a crowd.

No White Christmas this year, but to add to festive feeling we visited the biggest Advent festival in Budapest. We started with a healthy honey cookie for my big boy Ben, I brought some handcrafted gifts for my friends and we had kurtos kalacs- my favorite Hungarian traditional sweet. It is a pastry rolled around a tube, baked above fire, topped with different things- here with cinnamon and sugar, my favorite. It can be filled with chocolate as well. Or vanilla cream. Or… other delicious creams. We had langos for lunch, traditional Hungarian meal as well- sorry no photos as our hands were full. 😅

What is Christmas without a tree, right? So, even if we have one at home in Sarajevo, we got another one to have here in Budapest. A real one- it’s leaves make a wonderful thing with children- as those are spiky, those little hands are kept away from a fully decorated tree. 🤣 Putting on decorations on Dec 24th is a family tradition, we do it together. This year we moved it for the night earlier as we were going to stay overnight at my in-laws on the Christmas Eve. To include the smallest member of our family, a ring sling was a saver! Sorry for no photos of all of us together with a tree, making it was a mission impossible. 🙈

The last but most important tradition is family gathering. My brother in law with his family moved away to USA this summer, so we all had some “screen time” this year to spend some time with family members we were missing.

And at the end, family photo is a must for every gathering we have. There on the right side is my husband’s grandmother Ida and a grand grandmother to our children. This Christmas is her 97th birthday. She is the brightest and the most cheerful soul I ever met, her biggest joy are her grandchildren. She makes our every gathering even more special. ❤️

Happy holidays to all of you around the 🌏 who are reading this Christmas story. May your homes be filled with love and joy and may your baby carriers bring you lots of special moments with your little ones. ❤️

PS: Count the memories, not the calories.😋

Anela Paparevic-Felegyhazi