In Russia it is said that chickens are milked, and cows carry eggs. (A mockery of those who believe ridiculous rumors.)

Slowing down and resting now…

Russians are slowing down from the partying and fireworks every night…

It is almost fun to walk Boza during the day. People are resting and reading books (Russians still read books and books and more books!) and something else that I noticed; this year the dachas are able to be utilized. Normally it is frozen solid around here and trying to get to the dachas would be a death sentence, but this year people are spending holidays elsewhere and in their dachas is a good place…

It has made our Moscow world seem like it is summer, but cold. In the summer people stay in their dachas and life is better in Moscow, less people. This winter holiday has been that same way. Life is not bad for once. I even saw empty parking spaces this morning, that my friend is totally amazing. I counted four empty spots as I walked Boza at 5 a.m…

Svetochka just spent a few days staying at her mothers and she came home last night to her boys. Boza and I were glad our girl is home. She was tired and grouchy though… 🙂

Orthodox Christmas in Russia on the 7th of January

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and this is a big Orthodox Holiday. This is considered real Christmas in Russia, the New Year is the basic materialism holiday and the Christmas coming on the Jan. 7th is a very religious holiday…

Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Belarus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Moldova and Montenegro continue to celebrate Christmas on January 7…

To me, I like it. I feel having a religious based Christmas separate from such an overwhelming materialistic Christmas is a good thing. We try to convince ourselves that Christmas is about Jesus, but in reality, our Christmas on the 25th is about commercialism and money…

Therefore, for two days I will not post. This time of the year has become special to me. I spent the last two winters in the Tiny Russian Village and this Orthodox Christmas time is special. We need more real special in the world and a whole lots less, “Special!”

Sometimes I feel the whole world has become, “So Special, as in Special Ed!” This is a saying we use to have in my younger years, I am sure it would trigger a few million (billion) snowflakes now!

I will see you all in a few days. I need a break. Last month I posted 70 articles. That is more than two a day and I only missed posting two day out of the whole month of December. This is very normal for me, but sometimes it needs to be cyclic broken. Then start again…

Read a book people, I am…

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~ George R.R. Martin

or

Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river. ~ Lisa See

or

Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens. ~ Carlos Ruiz Zafón

or

Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding. ~ Stephen King

WtR

About the author

A survivor of six heart attacks and a brain tumor, a grumpy bear of a man, whom has declared Russia as his new and wonderful home. His wife is Russian and she puts up with this bear of a man and keeps him in line...

Thank God for my sweetie and Russia...

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