This is a blog for use in both of my HIS 241 and HIS 242 Russian history survey courses at Northern Virginia Community College.

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30 December 2008

Russian Orthodox Chrismas

Now that we are in a new century, the celebration is on January 7th. When I was much younger, and my family celebrated the holiday (My grandparents emigrated from Russia in 1912), it was always January 6th; it simply is a matter of different calendars in use by the orthodox and western churches. Anyway, the rule of thumb was that it always snowed on Russian Christmas, but the last few years that has not been the case--it's been more like a tropical day in the Eastern US.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I think it's fascinating that your parents emmigrated in 1912. I would be interested in learning more about their personal story. Having just watch Fiddler on the Roof I can relate in to some extent to the personal suffering associated with emmigration.