Wednesday, April 28, 2010
This is the sign on the front door. I think it is a nice welcome to my new home.
He’s placed us on shelves and works with one of us every time he comes in.
Today he picked some of us up and drew lines on us with a pencil. It kind of tickled but I like my new look. What do you think?
Here’s another tradition for your enjoyment.
Christmas is celebrated in much the same way in Portugal as it is in Spain. The Portugese enjoy an additional feast, called consoada, in the early morning hours of Christmas Day. They set extra places at the table for alminhas a penar ("the souls of the dead"). In some areas crumbs are left on the hearth for these souls, a custom that derives from the ancient practice of entrusting seeds to the dead in hopes that they will provide a bountiful harvest.
And here is a drawing by Kylee.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
I have to go now so they can move us into another building. A lot of you seemed to enjoy learning about my friends, so here is another fact. Keep believing. Bye.
In France, Christmas is always called 'Noël. Everyone has a Christmas tree, sometimes decorated in the old way with red ribbons and real white wax candles. Fir trees in the garden are often decorated too, with lights on all night.
Father Christmas is called Père Noël. The Christmas meal is an important family gathering with good meat and the best wine. Not everyone sends Christmas cards.
Monday, April 5, 2010
In the days of the Soviet Union, Christmas was not celebrated very much. New Year was the important time - when 'Father Frost' brought presents to children. With the fall of Communism, Christmas can be openly celebrated - either on December 25th; or more often on January 7th. This unusual date is because the Russian Orthodox Church uses the old 'Julian' calendar for religious celebration days. Special Christmas food includes cakes, pies and 'meat dumplings'.