Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Ljubljana

Christmas of 2014 was a time of new traditions in the Taste of Divine household. The hubby has been deployed over Christmas twice, but this was the first time I’ve been away from home for the holidays, and we were excited to make our own traditions and celebrate together. Christmas time in Ljubljana was something the hubby and I have looked forward to since that first day we found out we were coming here. A quick google image search shows a very festively lit up city with Christmas trees, kuhano vino, a beautiful castle, and outdoor markets.

Ljubljana did not disappoint. Here’s a look at what the city has looked like for the last month.

Christmas lights in Ljubljana

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Feast of the 7 Fishes

The hubby’s family always does the feast of the 7 fishes on Christmas Eve. I wanted to keep the tradition alive even though we we didn’t go to his family’s house like we normally do, so we had a smaller feast for just the two of us. I scaled down some recipes and we ate all day long…octopus salad, calamari, baccala (cod), seafood bisque (crab and shrimp), mom’s famous pistachio salmon, and linguini with clams and mussels. I love the abundance of fresh seafood we can get here.

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I was nervous making some of these things (especially the octopus) because most of the recipes were new to me, but everything came out great! Would you like to see these recipes scaled down for two on the blog? Let me know in the comments.

We opened up our Christmas presents to each other on Christmas Eve. Not something that I normally do (he does in his family) but we both just couldn’t wait. He got me a super awesome Garmin Forerunner 910XT GPS Watch! I’m loving it! My old trusty garmin 305 served me well for a really long time, but it was getting time to upgrade.

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On Christmas day we had antipasto and ossobuco.

New Year’s Eve in Ljubljana

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The week following Christmas there were concerts in Kongresni Trg every night. We live very close, so we basically just walked out our door to awesome music every night. That’s one of the best things about our apartment–being so close to the city center. It’s the perfect place for a concert, with the castle (called Ljubljanski grad) in the background.

On New Year’s Eve the square was packed. Which is a good thing, because it was really really cold. We left our apartment about an hour before midnight, and spent the last hour of 2014 listening to music, drinking kuhano vino, and watching people get a little too drunk.

At midnight there were fireworks over the castle. Here are a few shots I took…

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I have to say I’m a bit sad to see the Christmas decorations come down. The entire month of December in Ljubljana was just amazing.

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