We had a wonderful day yesterday, celebrating Jesus' birth. December 25 isn't much of a holiday here in general, but we call it "Family Christmas," and it's a big deal for us. We'll celebrate "Church Christmas" in two weeks. (Russian and Ukrainian churches celebrate Christmas on January 7. Interesting note: in Russia people usually refer to the 25th as "Western Christmas"; here it's "Catholic Christmas.")
I'll show you our day, mostly with photos. First thing in the morning:
While everyone else napped, I fixed a simple Christmas dinner. They sure slept soundly after all that fun out in the cold! Asya did not like the idea of having her meals switched around. I think she felt cheated by the fact that we combined them. She was glad to see a good dinner when she woke up, though.