( 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.
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
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! :)
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.