torek, 11. december 2012

DAY 346 - look up

Winter wonderland if you look up through my study room window.

DAY 345 - tree

DAY 344 - lights

There are no Christmas lights or tree in our house yet. We put them up on Christmas Eve. As for the presents - yes they have all been opened. We follow the old tradition that Christmas is just a religious holiday. In the past there was another man who gave presents - Grandpa Cold. He came from Russia on New Year's Eve. So you see it's complicated. Many families now have small gifts for Saint Nicholas (sweets and dried fruits)and presents for Christmas.  But in the countryside not many people like Father Christmas as it is also imported from other cultures. We mustn't forget that for about 50 years we weren't allowed to mention Christmas or to celebrate it. It was a normal working day until it became a holiday at the end of the 1980s.
Have a nice week,

6 komentarjev:

  1. Gorgeous photos!
    Thank you so much for this post!
    /I have already two hours thinking how to write this!
    Our Christmas tree will be ready for the December 24 evening./
    Have a nice week, too!

  2. what a beautiful view you have :) So nice to hear about your traditions too, thanks for sharing.

  3. Great traditions, so different from us!!

    love all the snow you have!! lovely photosx

  4. What lovely traditions. In our house we put the tree up the weekend before Christmas.
    Great photos.

  5. Love your snowy photos. yes traditions differ so many between countries. In France we open our presents on 25th morning. In Germany it was 24th evening.