Why I LOVE Ukraine: Part 1 Christmas in Ukraine
Christmas in Ukraine
So, did the hustle and bustle of Christmas wear you down? Need to take a few days to recuperate? No time for that in Ukraine! We still have 17 days of celebrating to do!
Beginning 2017, Ukrainian Christmas festivities start on Christmas Eve, which is celebrated on December 24th following the Gregorian calendar in official use in the Western Christian communities of Ukraine. The Christmas celebrations end on January 19, the date of "Jordan" or Epiphany in the Julian calendar.
So much for the twelve days of Christmas in America.
If you are keeping score, that makes Ukraine 1 and America 0.
While my business is keeping me in America a few more months and I was not able to be at home in Ukraine, my girlfriend and I came up with a really unique and quite doable way to spend Christmas for the next 5 years.
- Since Christmas lasts almost a month, we are going to spend Christmas in a different country each year. Austria and Italy are the first two we are going to hit. Then somewhere warm like the Maldives. Scuba diving for Christmas anyone?
- Why not?
The churches in Ukraine are something to behold. Many are over a thousand years old.
The most fertile soil on the planet produces some of the tastiest food I ever put in my mouth.
Caroling is taken to another level. When a group like this comes to your front yard and sings, you are expected to have warm drinks and food prepared. Ukrainians will invite perfect strangers into their homes as is tradition.
Sing along, On the 27th day of Ukrainian Christmas my true love gave to me. lol