Christmas in Moscow

25 Dec

Today Ben and I celebrated Christmas in Moscow, or they call it in Russia – Sunday. It was very strange to think that such a special day for us was not noteworthy to the rest of the city. The part that made it more odd than being here during Thanksgiving is the fact that we are surrounded by familiar holiday decorations, but they are all New Year’s decorations, including the New Year’s trees and images of Father Frost. We’ll get the full holiday experience a week from now, I guess.

Ben and I exchanged gifts and stockings, had tasty baked goods for breakfast, lounged around watching movies, and then headed outside for the day’s big event… snowman building! In honor of our first “White Christmas,” we built a snowman together – also a first for both of us. We learned that as Floridians turned Californians are not naturals at this. In the end, we were happy with our little guy and the best part was that we built him in the small park outside our building so we could see him from our windows all day and we passed him going to and from dinner. There was only one snowball thrown while building him, a cheap shot on Ben’s part that hit me in the face, but we did have some fun lobbing them back and forth as we walked around the block before heading back in. We wrapped up our day with a nice dinner out and Skype calls with our families.

As Ben and I end our day, many of you are just beginning yours. I hope it is a wonderful, happy and fun day for all.

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!

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4 Responses to “Christmas in Moscow”

  1. Francesca December 25, 2011 at 23:27 #

    Merry Christmas! Love reading your blog and hearing about your adventures. x x

    • mendeleyev January 7, 2012 at 06:59 #

      Ah, so you’re met our Дед Мороз и Снегурочка, Grandfather Frost and his granddaughter the Snow Maiden! Today, 7 January is рождествой (Christmas) and as you’ve already gathered we separate the festive (New Year) from the spiritual (Christmas).

      Don’t worry about missing a “meeting” (protest rally) as we call it here. There is one scheduled for this afternoon.

      Welcome to Moscow.

  2. keith December 26, 2011 at 06:58 #

    I thought Moscow was like rioting to get rid of putin.

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