Old New Year’s

The cold never materialized. Everyone hunkered down to brave severe temperatures, but it stayed mild. Today, it is -8 C, which only sounds cold to my friends and family who live in Florida. It is so toasty that I jogged to the Altai lesson yesterday. That was probably a mistake, as I sat for the first hour recuperating (first time I jogged since… early fall) and wishing that I had some drinking water with me. The teacher thought that I was sleepy and served me instant coffee.

Yesterday, Russians celebrated their last winter holiday: Old New Year's. In case you are keeping track, the winter holidays in Russia start with Christmas (celebrated by most protestant churches on December 25th, though not a legal holiday), followed by New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, then Old Christmas (January 7th) and, finally, Old New Year's (January 14th). The double-up comes because Russia changed from the Old Calendar (Julian) early in the 20th century, which was different by two weeks. Read more about that here.


Tonight, the married home group meets at 5:30 PM (GMT +6). We are back to our principals of marriage theme.


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