My Holiday Season is Far From Being Over.
First of all I would like to say the I am happy that this year I didn't see Christmas trees that got thrown away the day after Christmas. Since the New Year is the most important Holiday for me It was really sad to see those threes laying around and I just don't understand why people cant wait until the New Year.
My family is from Russia and we have our own celebrating scheduled. When I came to this country 13 years ago we celebrated only New Year and I was really lucky to grab a New Year Tree on Christmas Day otherwise I would have not got one (the owner of the shop thought I was odd ;-). I kept my tree until the Old New Year and my neighbors thought that I am crazy when they saw my tree on the curb in the middle of January. For this reason we switched to the artificial tree which is quite beautiful. A couple years later we realized that kids are under the influence of a Christmas Holiday season and waiting for Santa to come, plus we loved the spirit and happiness so we decided to celebrate Christmas. Than we thought that since part of our family had Jewish roots why not celebrate Hanukkah as well LOL.
But this is just part of our family's Holiday Season! In a couple of days the real fun will begin. the holiday that was the main holiday of the year and brings memories from the childhod. The New Years Eve!!! I grew up in the Soviet Union - the communist country where it was not popular to express your religious believes (in worst case scenario you could go to jail) so during all this Soviet era people shifted to power their Christmas Celebration to the New Year which has become a really friends and family event with lots of food and drinks, and present exchanges, whole night TV entertainment programs with New Year shows, New Year Tales and New Year concerts. The Russian Santa called Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) he comes with his grand daughter Snegurochka (the Snow Maiden)to bring kids presents. If I would live in Brooklyn I would probably be able to book their visit to our family. Here in Houston I just show their pictures to my daughter and will leave presents under the tree.
Our New Year celebration will begin when the New Year will come to our friends in Australia, than we will have Champagne with our Russian friends, than friends in Europe, than when New Year will come to the US we will celebrate with New York and finally at midnight in Houston we will be done...or may by not... now I have friends in San Diego, San Francisco, Vancouver and Maui...I guess you know what will happen...
Wait a minute it's not over yet. On the 7th of January we will celebrate Russian Orthodox Christmas and than on January 13th The Old New Year.
The Old New Year is a traditional holiday pretty much only Russians celebrate. It's all started probably because the Christmas celebration was prohibited so people decided to celebrate the New Year twice according to both New and Old Styles (Catholic countries in Europe were using Gregorian calendar since 1753 but Russia adopted Gregorian Calendar only ofter October Revolution in 1917. Russian Orthodox Church still uses Julian calendar). According to the Julian Calendar the New Year according tho the Old Style would fall on January 13th. It will be another pleasant evening with friends and family.
Happy New Year to all my friends!