Midwinter: the only way is up.
It's my last day on the blog - I'm off for Christmas holidays from today. But it's December, and so as one thing comes to an end another begins...
Last time Veronika posted, she talked about elections in Belarus yesterday, and I know that there's been some trouble on the streets of Minsk, after a demonstration yesterday evening. You can read more about it here
I hope you're okay, Veronika.
So that's not a very happy way to end my blogs for December. But Veronika has been an excellent writer, hasn't she? You really speak fantastic English, Veronika, and I know how hard you must have worked, to become so fluent. I've learnt a lot this month, including a new recipe (for draniki)! So even after this month's blog has finished, I'll be able to remember Veronika and Belarus, every time we have potato pancakes for breakfast.
Tinsel and baubles
In this country, most families open their presents on Christmas Day. As you all know, little children believe that Father Christmas/Santa brings their presents. Then at lunchtime we usually have a large family meal. We don't do much feasting in this country, so Christmas is huge for us.
If you celebrate Christmas in your country, please tell us about it.
Whether you celebrate or nor, December is a special month for us in the northern hemisphere. Tomorrow is the winter solstice: the shortest day and longest night. The sun is the lowest in the sky. But from the lowest point, it can only go up. As one year ends, another begins. And other words of wisdom... ;-)
If you're in the southern hemisphere, your days are about to get shorter of course :-(
Wherever you are, I hope you all enjoy the rest of 2010, and I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!