Ukrainian Christmas Eve is tomorrow, even though we’re not Orthodox, and that’s when we have our big celebration (and our twelve-dish dinner!).
We have made eighty-four of these dumplings – varenyky – so far (they’re uncooked in this picture), and will be making at least a hundred more. And that’s just one dish!
What a busy few – hot – days!
One year ago today since I took this video. It was Christmas Eve , and while we were in a big panic and trying to finish preparing food for Christmas, we had the ballet music from The Nutcracker playing. This silly magpie came to the back door and sat there every day for all the days leading up to Christmas. I only filmed at the end, which was silly, because I missed a lot of funny stuff! The stupid pose is very cute!
Another year of Russian aggression, and another year our Christmas cards to relatives cannot reach the warzone where Russia is still invading Ukraine (not that it makes the news anymore!).
I can’t even begin to explain how angry I am with everyone declaring 2016 the “Worst Year Ever” just because of Brexit and Trump. There’re TWO MILLION Ukrainian refugees (while countries like Germany – European countries – take in so many Middle Eastern refugees, they will not help Ukrainians).
Several of my Ukrainian family members have died since Putin invaded, but nobody could care less about Russian aggression until it was Britain and America who suffered.
Personally, I think of 2016 as the year of selfishness. It’s only the “Worst” year if you usually just watch reality TV.
Gorgeous hot, sunny first day of summer in Canberra, and we are about to start the enormous job of decorating for Christmas!
З Різдвом Христовим! It is Ukrainian Christmas today. So have a glass of champagne or something, even if you don’t celebrate the second time around!