Christ is born – let us adore Him! With these words, we greet each other on Christmas Day.
Christmas is one of the most important holidays for me. But I realized its meaning only when I grew up.
When I was a child, I waited for this holiday just because it meant a lot of candy. In the morning after the Holy Evening, we ran around the village singing traditional “Kolyadky” Christmas songs. We were rewarded with sweets.
Chocolate is the best thing I know. If you have visited Friend’s House, you know this. If you have not visited us, I invite you to sing Christmas carols with me. We can then divide the “loot” 50 / 50. 😉
Growing up, I started to go to church. And I understood. Christmas is not a day of free sweets 😋 only; it is a day of great joy and spiritual exaltation.
“I bring you good news of a great joy… To you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11
Many of our friends are interested in Ukraine and Orthodox culture. Although I live in Ukraine, I visited the Monastery of the Caves in Kyiv for the first time with our Finnish friends Oili & Hannu and Kirsti & Markku. I am sincerely grateful to them for this.
My family celebrates Christmas according to the Julian calendar on January 7th. We all gather to the Holy Evening meal composed of 12 lean dishes:
“Kutya” – a mixture of grains and fruits
“Varenniky” – stuffed dumplings
Stuffed cabbage rolls
“Uzvar” – smoky fruit drink
“Pampushky” – wheat rolls
Without meat, milk, eggs. This is the last day of fasting.
We cannot cook all twelve dishes every time. But Kutya is always on the table. It is the most important dish. We start our holy meal when the first star appears in the sky.
A Merry Christmas to you all! May the Lord bless you and your good deeds!
Bookkeeper/ Secretary at. the Children’s Embassy