Christmas in the Czech Republic Pavla Rulfová-Schlegel is the Head of the Language Center at the University of St.Gallen. A long time ago she emigrated from the Czech Republic to Constance, Germany. 34 years ago she moved to St.Gallen and still remembers the celebration of Christmas in her native country fondly. 18 December 2015. One of the Christmas traditions is a carp dinner on December 24th. "As a child, I always knew Christmas was coming soon when the carp vendors set up along the streets. The fish were swimming in large containers of water, and the vendors would fish out the live carp and sell them." Baked apples and potato salad are also traditional foods during the Christmas celebration. To make sure there will be enough room in the belly, fasting on December 24 during the day is generally the rule. The gifts are brought by Ježíšek, the Christ child. Many Czechs spend the Christmas holiday with their families, and goose, duck or rabbit is usually served. Even Christmas music is played, such as the Christmas Mass by the composer Jakub Jan Ryba. Christmas biscuits: the smaller the prettier One of her friends sent Pavla Rulfová-Schlegel Czech biscuits this year: vanilla crescents, Linzer biscuits and chocolate biscuits. Every family has their own mixture of biscuits. The motto: the smaller the prettier, but all the more elaborate. Baking strudel and yeast plaits is also very popular in the Christmas season. And in the Czech Republic, Samichlaus is not accompanied by his helper Schmutzli, but instead by an angel and a devil. And if you were not good, you get no gifts - just coals.