Today is not a holiday here in Ukraine and to be honest, I'm really not feeling the Christmas mood - probably because we have missed out on the whole holiday season back home. And another contributing factor could be the temperature - even though Maia is bundled up, it is absolutely wonderful here - short sleeves and I'm wishing I had a pair of flip-flops!
The caregivers were putting up the Christmas tree in Maia's groupa today (here they call it a New years tree) - the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates January 6-7. It was so much fun to watch the kids, they were enthralled by the tree and decorations. Of course, we are receiving the best present of all - this sweet angel will leave the orphanage tonight for the last time and we can't wait!
Even though I can't quite get in the Christmas groove, I am so thankful that today we celebrate the most precious gift of all - the birth of our Savior! May your Christmas be filled with peace, joy, a sense of awe at the greatness of our God and all the blessings of this special day.