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#132659 - 01/07/09 10:22 AM It's Christmas day in Russia
Susie47 Offline
Elf Engineer - Toy Design

Registered: 10/13/06
Posts: 108
Loc: Conquerall Mills
I have a Russian pen pal and today, January 7th, is Christmas Day in Russia! She tells me that New Years is still the bigger and more festive event but Christmas is a very special time nonetheless. There is the observance of a special "Holy family" meal ..a meal that includes no meat... and many grateful and joyous families like hers attend church services on both Christmas eve and Christmas day. She says they have a very small christmas tree but it is nothing elaborate like our Christmas trees-it is decorated in fruit, berries and few homemade ornaments. She also writes that they don't typically exchange gifts in her house but some others do.

Just thought I would pass this on for those who are still thinking 'Christmas." It IS Christmas day somewhere!

#132662 - 01/07/09 10:54 AM Re: It's Christmas day in Russia [Re: Susie47]
FrankB Offline

Registered: 04/12/03
Posts: 18
Loc: St. Louis, MO
I was thinking about taking our tree down with the passing of Epiphany when my wife, who is from the northern (i.e., Russian) part of Kazakhstan, reminded me of this yesterday. So, the tree stays up 12 more days! (Do Orthodox churches have "the 12 days of Christmas" also? Not sure about that.)

#132676 - 01/07/09 01:29 PM Re: It's Christmas day in Russia [Re: FrankB]
Susie47 Offline
Elf Engineer - Toy Design

Registered: 10/13/06
Posts: 108
Loc: Conquerall Mills
Hi Frank- according to my penpal (who is from St. Petersburg)-she is on holidays until January the 11th. She didn't mention anything about the twelve days of christmas,(I will ask her) but she did say that our Western Christmas is recognized and even celebrated by some and that the holidays can last from December the 25th to January the 11th for some people,( mostly government people I think she said)with the less privileged folk mostly celebrating New Years and January 7th,... with New Years day being quite a festive celebration. She said that Christmas was banned until 1992 and now its making quite a comeback.

#132710 - 01/07/09 06:32 PM Re: It's Christmas day in Russia [Re: Susie47]
Mary F. Offline
Santa's Helper

Registered: 05/12/99
Posts: 6793
Loc: Milwaukee, WI USA
Suzy47, Today is Christmas for other Countries also. Both of my Parents are from the Ukraine (they were born in the USA) and they celebrate Christmas today also.

#132727 - 01/07/09 08:11 PM Re: It's Christmas day in Russia [Re: Mary F.]
Susie47 Offline
Elf Engineer - Toy Design

Registered: 10/13/06
Posts: 108
Loc: Conquerall Mills
Thanks Mary- I didn't know it was Christmas Day in other countries too. I actually played Christmas music all afternoon and thoughtof my terrific faraway pen pal.

I figure I have a real excuse for leaving my tree up till mid -January or until the needles start to drop.



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