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,