It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Monday, January 19, 2015

Winter Hosting Day 20 (1/6)

Christmas Eve

( for N1 and N2...consequently now the entire family)

So the day begins with a barf bucket...
obviously the day is now not going to go as planned. 
We cancel on our guests for the evening. 

Nan continues to work on school even though the girls are here. 

The healthy children sneak out to play in the snow. 

They used the snow from the driveway to build a teeny tiny fort. 

This is a pretty good example of how life goes: 
Nan and N1 do all the work...
N2 hangs around but doesn't accomplish much. :). 
For the record, I did not ask them to shovel. 

It all works out...she wants someone to pull her on the sled and they refuse since she didn't help them shovel the driveway to make a fort. 

Michael had flowers delivered to the girls. I personally do not like to have flowers delivered to me; I think it is a waste of money. Michael thinks it is important that the girls expect things like this from the men they will marry so he does it for them.

Start to make the food for Christmas Eve dinner...well the one dish they actually eat even though they have an idea of how to make it but aren't sure...and although we look up several recipes and finally pick one they refuse to follow it most of the time. I am not a recipe follower so this is ok with eventually we need to follow one and get dinner started.

This is the list of traditional foods served on Christmas Eve:

  • Kutya (They sort of wanted this but don't really like it.) 
  • Baked Stuffed Fish
  • Jellied Stuffed Pike
  • Fish in Aspic
  • Fish Balls
  • Herrings and Mushrooms in Sauce
  • Holubtsi with Rice or Buckwheat
  • Varenyky with Potatoes or Sauerkraut (We made this)
  • Beans with Prunes
  • Sauerkraut with Peas
  • Baked Beets
  • Piquant Beets
  • Mushrooms in Sauce
(The girls do not like mushrooms, fish, or dried fruit. I am not exactly sure how they live in Eastern Europe!) 

They truly operate on Eastern European time: dinner can be several hours late as long as it appears you are moving in this direction. I think we can become a multi-cultural family. I do not think we can function on this time! :)

It turns out that Varenyky is simply a pirogi recipe! (This is one of the recipes they worked off of: HERE) Please note that the girls thought it would be fun to make one huge one for their dad. He is moving very slowly toward eating and enjoying the same foods they do...he smiled, praised, and made a good attempt at it. They simply can't understand he doesn't enjoy onions or sour cream. (Honestly, I can't either. ) 

After dinner we we took turns reading the Christmas Story from the Bible. Alternating in English and Russian. (We read an English children's version. They read aloud from a Russian version.)

Our friends, who we canceled on, still brought over a decadant Chocolate layer cake to use as our Birthday cake for Jesus. We lit the candles and sang "Happy Birthday".

Christmas is more of a religious holiday in their country. Gifts are traditionally exchanged on New Year's. 

1 comment:

  1. Vareniki are so delicious! Pour on the onions and sour cream!!! : )