Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!!

We're mixing old traditions with new for Christmas this year-

Last night two local American couples hosted a craft night:
Attempting to decorating cookies. Mine looked like they were done by a drunken elephant with a paintbrush.
The hostess found the idea for these adorable nativity scene ornaments on Pintrest: cinnamon, cloves, anise, yarn, glue gun and voilà!

Our Christmas tree is up, made possible by the dollar store (mini tree & tinsel garland), Yves Rocher (ornaments), friends (santa), students (angel), and the aforementioned craft night:

Tonight may be Christmas Eve but it's business as usual in Ukraine. Here's where we're deviating from tradition and instead going to the Russian banya until the wee hours of the morning. Then back to work tomorrow morning for D (but don't worry, I'll make him a nice Christmas breakfast!) and come evening we'll be on the train for Odessa with the rest of his coworkers. This time I'll be properly dressed for lots of stomping around en masse in the cold :P

As for costumes, D managed to track down a gangster costume [of which he's most excited about his faux machine gun] and I'm busy panicking about my [so far] lack of a costume. Does a black dress cut it?

Anyways, Merry Christmas to all of you who will be celebrating tonight and tomorrow!!!! : ) Wishing you a day filled with fun, family, and friends!

A "real" Santa Claus (aka Дед Мороз, Grandfather Frost) for hire!


  1. Enjoy #Odessa in your little black number, will the cocktails be stirred or shaken?

    1. If it's anything like last year, there will be copious amounts of both!

      What are your plans, Rupert? Will you stay in Kyiv for New Year?