What an indescribable aroma occurs in home, when the Christmas Eve cookies (Kūčiukai) are baking in the oven!!! It’s just impossible to imagine Christmas Eve (Kūčios) itself without Christmas Eve cookies (Kūčiukai)… It’s like a mother – Kūčia (Christmas Eve) with her children – Kūčiukai (Christmas Eve cookies)… I think Christmas Eve is a very special, sacred and significant occasion for every Lithuanian. And the most important – late Christmas Eve Mass and wonderful, only once a year so be prepared – Christmas Eve table. I have no doubt that many Lithuanians, no matter where in the world they live, remember all their childhood Christmas Eves (Kūčias) and try to repeat it at their own home, with their families, at least a fraction of what is so customary since old times on Christmas Eve in Lithuania…
I am celebrating the last few Christmas Eves not in Lithuania, so Christmas Eve dinner (Kūčios) table remains just my responsibility. And I can not imagine Christmas Eve table without the Christmas Eve cookies (Kūčiukai), herring, beetroot salad and cranberry kissiel. It doesn’t matter in which corner of the world I would be – I always need to be sure to have necessary products, that on my Christmas Eve (Kūčios) table would be served mentioned dishes.
As usual, Christmas Eve cookies (Kūčiukai) are eaten with poppy seeds milk, but unfortunately, I don’t make it, simply because this dish physically has no place after all the meals 😀 Oh, and I would probably be the one whose eating it… That’s why, for me its enough just Christmas Eve cookies (Kūčiukai), which I can enjoy for several weeks.
I don’t know how about the rest of Lithuanians, but I’m not baking Christmas Eve cookies (Kūčiukai) the day before Christmas Eve, as it is customary in Lithuania, but a week or at least a couple of days before Christmas Eve. I love to bake Christmas Eve cookies (Kūčiukai) by myself, quietly, without urgency, during the evening, when it’s already a dusk, the Christmas music is playing, Christmas lights are happily flickering on the Christmas tree and festive mood sparks are in the air. Oh, Christmas… My favorite holiday… (after my birthday, of course).