It is such a beautiful day! People were going down to the water in droves, so we followed. Everyone was giving holiday greetings, but they didn't quite look like the crowd I would have expected. I was thinking that maybe we would finally get to see a water blessing service. Instead it looked like most Russian holidays: an excuse to drink. Everyone was undressing, jumping into a hole in the ice, then drinking vodka to warm up. Not exactly a family-friendly atmosphere. Still, Jaan said, "It's just like John and Jesus!" We stopped to have our snack, and the group next to us was warming up. I listened as they toasted, "Happy Baptism!" Swallow down the vodka. "Lord, forgive us!" Repeat.
By then it was almost lunch and nap time, so we came home. Will came in just as we did, and mentioned that he had overheard people saying that the water blessing would be at noon. He suggested that I run back down with the camera, while he fed the children. He didn't have to say that twice!