On December 6, the Feast Day of Saint Nicholas is celebrated in Hungary. Saint Nicholas, the basis of our American rendition of Santa Claus, is known in Hungary as Szent Miklos (or simply Mikulás). Szent Miklos visits all the children of the land, who put polished boots in their windowsills in hopes that they have been good enough for Szent Miklos to fill them with treats and presents. Unlike our Santa Claus, however, who simply leaves lumps of coal for the naughty children, some Central/Eastern European versions of Saint Nick are accompanied by a devil sidekick called Krampusz who torments the bad kids before taking them to where snowballs don’t have a chance. Here you see them both in action at the café across the street, giving the neighborhood children fodder for new nightmares.
Apparently I was on the good list today, because my lovely wife made a wondrous batch of Paprikás Csirke (chicken paprikash), and, well, here’s how that wound up: