Christmas

Michael on December 21st, 2017

It’s been quite a year, and a good one at that. We really covered the ground this year, from the Baltic to the Balkans, from Eastern Europe to the Eastern USA, from Scandinavia to the Equator. We returned to Russia earlier this year to be greeted by some difficulties with our local fellowship in St. […]

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Michael on December 6th, 2015

I posted this last year but thought some people might like to see it again — I recently told some Russian friends about something I did before I moved to Russia, and they asked if I’d post it on the web: Years ago, when I was an old bachelor, I had the idea that it […]

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Michael on November 29th, 2012

It’s that time of year! Valerie has an ‘ouchy’ where a bully pushed her down in the park. She’s recovering nicely!

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Michael on December 25th, 2011

Merry Christmas to you all. God is not far off. He is Emmanuel — God With Us. Blessings to you all, from Mike, Olga and Valerie This made us smile:

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Michael on January 7th, 2011

Here’s a good explanation about Russian Christmas and why it is celebrated on January 7 – Russian Christmas Thirteen days after Western Christmas, on January 7th, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates its Christmas, in accordance with the old Julian calendar.  It’s a day of both solemn ritual and joyous celebration After the 1917 Revolution, Christmas […]

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Michael on January 2nd, 2011

We celebrated Christmas on New Year’s Day because Valerie wasn’t with us on the 25th. She’d never celebrated Christmas like this (or maybe ever), and I don’t think she’s ever opened a Christmas gift. It was great fun to watch her learn what it is to open a Christmas gift. There was a sled waiting […]

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Michael on January 7th, 2010

Here’s a good explanation about Russian Christmas and why it is celebrated on January 7 — Russian Christmas Thirteen days after Western Christmas, on January 7th, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates its Christmas, in accordance with the old Julian calendar.  It’s a day of both solemn ritual and joyous celebration After the 1917 Revolution, Christmas […]

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Michael on December 19th, 2009

I recently told some Russian friends about something I did before I moved to Russia, and they asked if I’d post it on the web: Years ago, when I was an old bachelor, I had the idea that it would be funny to have a different family each Christmas on my Christmas card.  One year […]

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