“Winter. What do we do in the village?…” Pushkin “Зима. Что делать нам в деревне?” Пушкин
Manzherok Village, Altai Republic Siberia, New Year Holiday 2019 Манжерок Новогодный праздник 2019
We heat the house constantly…
We look for a Christmas Tree. But all the good trees are gone…
so we are forced to get creative
and combine 3 trees
to make the magic happen this year but, of course it also required lights
and an angel on top
We relax in the glow of our New Year tree and play with a rubrics cube.
We do some indoor decor that we can share with our neighbors
and then outdoors We turn this…
We greet neighbors tubing down the hill
We leap into the air
and explore the surrounding hills on a snowmobile
We play poker for candy in the evening.
We stay warm under the covers in the morning
as We watch the ice fisherman’s early morning ritual
to drill the hole
and set the bait
with a bottle and sometimes a friend.
and then back at sunset for the daily catch.
We welcome friends
who play under the tree
while others sit in the kitchen
and enjoy the home brew a friend brings in an old tequila bottle
We visit friends and make 2 kinds of manti (big Russian dumplings) with
the traditional meat filling and
a vegetarian with pumpkin.
We enjoy the beauty of Siberian winter as the sun sets
over the Katun River.
We are reminded of how lucky we are.
We pray and work for peace in 2019.