It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Despite the fact that Russians don’t typically celebrate Christmas (instead they celebrate the New Year) they still decorate the city with giant, colorful Christmas trees and pretty lights. I’m so thankful to still be surrounded by the festive holiday look that reminds me so much of home and my favorite time of year.

Stephanie and I were not about to neglect the Christmas spirit and decorating in our own flat, so we went out and bought us a nice little tree on Friday.

And silver beads.

And colorful balls.

And colorful lights.

oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree…

…It sure is a much more pleasant sight than our giant urn that previously sat in it’s place.

Over the weekend, a few of us girls joined a couple of our friends to paint Matryoshka dolls. Our friend, Penny, graciously supplied the blank doll sets and paint for use to use our creativity and personalize them to our own liking.  So being in the Christmas mood that I am, I decided to paint mine as a nativity scene, including Joseph, Mary, a wise man, shepherd, and sweet baby Jesus.

Nativity Matryoshka Dolls

It makes a nice addition to our flat’s Christmas decor if I do say so myself, 🙂

our cute little tree and nativity

Luke 2:11-12

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

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