Incredible. Five months have passed since I moved to the Czech Republic. And now it is Christmas. A very beautiful time indeed here in this most ancient and mystical city. Every square is decorated with a tree and many buildings are draped in lights. Floral shops are filled with mistletoe and evergreens to trim your home with natural beauty. Here is just a sampling…..

Christmas trees aren’t the only thing in abundance now. In a city that patronizes the arts like few others, there is no lack of musical concerts to sample. I recently attended the Vánoční Cantata pro Unicef, the Christmas Cantata for Unicef at the Municipal House, a magnificent Art Nouveau architectural gem in the city center. The Prague Symphony Orchestra performed a symphony by Saint-Saens and then were joined in the second half by the Kuhn Choir of Prague, and the Radost Praha Children’s Choir. The all-enveloping sound of voices, pipe organ, and full orchestra was exhilarating in the perfect setting of Smetana Hall.

Art Nouveau gem Obecní Dům, Municipal House
Smetana Hall

Of course, as the saying goes, “there’s no place like home” and my favorite tree in Prague is the one right here in my neighborhood square, Karlínské Náměstí. So, dear readers, wherever your home is, I wish you a Christmas that is merry and bright.

My beautiful neighborhood tree in the forefront. Shining golden behind it, the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and in the far distance the National Memorial on Vítkov Hill.


  1. Thank you for your update, and especially for the pictures of the Municipal House. When my friend Harris and I went to Prague several years ago, the highlight of our trip was a tour of the Municipal House, followed by a concert. Actually, that was ONE of the highlights. In Prague, there is a new “highlight” waiting around the corner wherever you go. What a wonderful city. Even though his intentions were mean-spirited, thank God Hitler saw fit to spare Prague from bombing. Have a wonderful Christmas. We are all so proud of you and your adventures!


    • Merry Christmas Linda! I’m so glad you have seen and experienced the Municipal House. I know its architecture would appeal to you. Yes, it was a blessing in disguise that the city was spared. Now we all get to marvel at its beauty, something I never tire of. I do hope you will plan to visit me here. Would love to walk the city with you!


  2. Penny, I always enjoy your blog. This was very special. The pictures are so beautiful. Glad you are well and loving your new home. Merry Christmas, Sue


  3. MerryChristmas from Japan,
    This is Mio.
    I am so glad to hear you have been enjoying new country.
    I am listening your music while I am driving with my daughters.
    We miss you!
    Have a nice holiday!!


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