It's starting to feel Christmasy around Bishkek, or at least like New Years, with all the trees and decorations in the stores downtown, and even at our little bazaar next door. It was a little jarring to hear "O Holy Night" being sung as we walked into Children's World today. The stores were a little busier, it seemed, and despite the cold (I think we might have gotten to 8 degrees today- the forecasts still don't seem to have noticed), there were people dancing on Ala Too Square.
trying something new at our house for Christmas, something that I've
always wanted to try but never has worked out well. We'll be doing the
real 12 Days of Christmas starting on Christmas Day. In the US there's
usually a bit of Christmas fatigue by the time December 26th rolls
around, but none of us are even close to being tired of the season this
So we're taking off the entire two weeks, getting
ready for New Years, Epiphany, Eastern Christmas, and anything else we
think up between Christmas and January 7th. I hope we all love it.