This is the Good Reason Why Our Christmas Tree is Still Up

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Why yes, our Christmas tree is still up on January 4th. And it’ll probably be up until January 31st. And so are our decorations! Our neighbors are used to it, though. In fact, I think they started recognizing Orthodox Christmas as well. Or maybe not.

We celebrate Orthodox Christmas, which is typically a week after traditional Christmas. We don’t give or receive gifts, nor do we still play Christmas music (though I wouldn’t mind listening to Luther Vandross’s Christmas album all year long). It’s more about family gathering and celebrating each other.

I’m not sure how much we’ll go out in terms of celebration this year. I do plan on cooking a rather big feast for friends and family and maybe buy a few more candles. Not sure where I could find straw but I guess I could be creative with some construction paper.

It would be nice to find a church to celebrate in but with a hyperactive preschooler, that might not seem like a good idea. Maybe next year.

Here are some other photos from our Christmas:

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How do you celebrate the holidays?

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