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Friday, January 07, 2011

UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS

(image courtesy of the internet) Although our family doesn't partake in the traditional meal and celebrations of Ukrainian Christmas, we still keep our Christmas trees up until after it is over and quietly observe the dates. My sisters and I are second generation Ukrainian Canadians, our father's parents having come to Canada from the Ukraine when they were young and settling in a small Ukrainian village in Manitoba, called Angusville.

A little information:

"Many families may have taken down the holiday decorations; but a lot of Ukrainians are just beginning to celebrate.

Unexpected, but welcome guests turned up on many doorsteps Thursday night -- carolers greeting households and singing traditional Ukrainian hymns.

The Ukrainian calendar is 13 days behind the commonly followed one, making Jan. 6 Christmas Eve.

It gives us an opportunity to focus on the spiritual, and it’s an excuse to celebrate Christmas twice, in different ways.

Preparation for the massive Ukrainian feast starts days earlier.

They enjoy the twelve meatless dishes, like a boiled wheat and poppy seed mixture, borsch and of course perogies.

No dairy products and the reason for that is when the Christ child was born, animals came to visit him.

But before anyone eats, another tradition. The youngest child of the house must spot the first star.

After lighting the breaded centre piece, known as the Kolach, it’s time for a prayer song before finally digging in.

At the table, an extra table setting, a tribute to the departed."



Merry Ukrainian Christmas!!


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PEACE!
Love Jude

9 Comments:

Blogger sydwynd said...

Merry Ukranian Christmas! Italians (at least in Italy) celebrate Little Christmas on Epiphany (Jan 6) so it's kind of the same thing! We always keep our Christmas tree up until Epiphany as well.

If you could send along some of that Kolach, I'd appreciate it. Looks yummy!

10:40 AM, January 07, 2011  
Blogger Jude said...

Well that's not my picture, I forgot to state that and I'm going to do that now. Otherwise I'd send you some Vince! LOL

Is "Happy Epiphany" appropriate? :-)

10:48 AM, January 07, 2011  
Blogger Bobbie said...

My husband is Ukranian, but we haven't celebrated Ukranian Christmas since before his parents passed away.

Z Rizdvom Khrystovym! Take care and have a good weekend!

1:41 PM, January 07, 2011  
Blogger Jude said...

з Новим роком to you and yours Bobbie! :-)

1:54 PM, January 07, 2011  
Blogger Bobbie said...

May 2011 be a good year for us all!

10:21 PM, January 07, 2011  
Blogger Melanie said...

What a wonderful family tradition. Happy New Year's to you and your family :)

7:45 PM, January 08, 2011  
Blogger Jude said...

Bobbie: Yes indeed!

Melly: Thank you, and the same to you and yours. :-)

8:19 PM, January 08, 2011  
OpenID Xavierism said...

We enjoyed celebrating Orthodox Christmas this year. We usually exchange and open our gifts on this day. This time around we celebrated in Irvine, California. It was a nice getaway trip. I love beautiful traditions.

xo

12:28 PM, January 11, 2011  
Blogger Jude said...

It sounds like you had a lovely trip Xavier! I can't believe we have another year to wait now until the next one, LOL!

7:07 PM, January 11, 2011  

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