A Christmas story.

Christmas in Romania is an absolutely magical experience. Usually I wish to celebrate Christmas up in the north of Sweden, where I was born. However, last year  ( 2014) an oppurtunity arose and I went to Romania to celebrate Christmas.

I would like to share some pictures and stories from my experience celebrating Christmas in Romania.

It started in Poiana Negrii, Bucovina, went via Fagaras and Bucium in Transylvania. Continued to Valea Screzii in the Prahova Valley, to Targoviste in Damovita and ended in Bucharest.

In Poiana Negrii I spend two lovely days at the Pensiunea Agroturistica Poina . The host family is wonderful and is developing the area in an amazing way, believeing in sustainable, natural ways of living.  I also met with the 3-generations family, whose home has been recognized as the Village Museum in Poiana Negrii.


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Next stop was the beautiful Voronet Monastery.  Look at the Voronet colour blue !

The monastery was constructed by Stephen the Great in 1488 over a period of 3 months and 3 weeks to commemorate the victory at Battle of Vaslui.

It was a serene, quiet experience.





A symbol of Moldavia.


Traditional masks from the Voronet area


A talented, young boy in the Voronet area made this wonderful painting.






I came to the Petru Voda Monastery in the afternoon of December 23.

I spent the night between the 23-24 December there and I experienced the Midnight Mass at the Monastery. It was  a  warm experience.  I felt it as if I  was so far away from the modern world and so fullfilled with life, nature and beauty.

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Driving through a magical country, Romania, in the month of DecemberIMG_6214

The cold air meets the warmth coming from someones  fire. IMG_6223 IMG_6225

Arriving in Transylvania.

These sheep made me smile !


Romania is made in colour !



I spent the Christmas Eve afternoon surrounded by warmth, at the Casa Terra restaurant, Fagaras, together with friends. I feel very lucky to be able to enjoy the natural food made by  Dana, owner of the Casa Terra restaurant, Fagaras. She makes the food from her soul. Her soul is expressed in the food she is giving us !  When she speaks about what is on the table it sounds like poetry to me !!!

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The journey continued and I met up with dear Natalia and Father Marius in their friendly parish of Bucium.

Here they came to sing colindes, Romanian Christmas songs, at the Pensiunea Casa Moga, where I stayed.


These are pictures from Christmas Day in the hospitable parish of Bucium.

I let the pictures speak for themselves. IMG_6302 IMG_6306 IMG_6308 IMG_6310 IMG_6311 IMG_6313 IMG_6316 IMG_6327 IMG_6334 IMG_6339


Dear Natalia, beautiful, kind soul ! IMG_6341

It was so nice to see some blue skies when I was in Romania in December. It warmed up this Nordic woman πŸ˜‰


A picture I took when walking around in the village of Bucium and admiring the architecture from past days.


Enjoying the company of dear Natalia, in her , and Father Marius home, in Bucium.IMG_6383

She showed me the work of local artists.IMG_6386

We had delicious food and enjoyed meanigful conversations. IMG_6393



Visiting the watermill in Ohaba. This is an example of a sustainable lifestyle.

I got some flour from there. Happiness ! What bread I made with this flour…

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Back in Bucium and enjoying the another day filled with colindes, community  and great conversations with Ioana Husu, who is writing on her thesis about the Resistance group that was in the Fagaras Mountains. Her own grandfather was a member of the resistance.

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This couple is amazing. They could really sing ! IMG_6450

The strength of a community.IMG_6452


Saying good-bye to dear friends is hard for me.IMG_6465

After Bucium I went to visit the children in Valea Screzii and I also got to speak with Father Tanase. I have great respect for him and all he does for the community around Valea Screzii. “Speak the language of love, that’s all”. That’s what he told me. IMG_6491 IMG_6516


In Targoviste I met up with historian Vasile Lupasc at the Casa Vecchia restaurant, Targoviste, owned by Paul Radulescu. I love Targiviste for its’ mark in Romanian history.  Hoping for some great collaborations  between Vasile and I, with regards to history and sharing and spreading Romania stories.


My journey ended in Bucharest where I could enjoy snow !  These pictures are from the Cismigiu Park.

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Thank you for listening !

Yvette Larsson.

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2 thoughts on “CHRISTMAS

  1. Yvette, WE LOVE YOU!

  2. Thank you very much for reminding me how beautiful my home country is! ❀ ❀ ❀ I started to cry several times while reading this article, and this is just the first article for me that I read on your blog. Personally I've been living in Norway for about one year, and fell in love with that country, but I also missed the traditions and spirituality from my home country. I feel like I don't want to leave it anymore! And I'm sad to see that many young Romanians are leaving Romania to work and live abroad, including a lot of my friends. Even if I personally feel very attracted to Northern Europe, I don't feel like leaving my home country for very long periods of time. I learned to appreciate it even more when I was abroad. πŸ™‚ It's fantastic to read how people from other countries perceive my home country, and I think it's fantastic each time they see the beauty that for some locals is not so obvious. Thank you very much, again, Yvette, for sharing your thoughts and experiences! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for what you are doing! ❀ ❀ ❀ Love from Iaşi!

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