Christmas Postcard from Russia

It's getting close to Christmas for everyone in the US, but in Russia, December 25th is just another work day. (They celebrate Christmas on January 7 on the Orthodox Church calendar.) The children go to school and parents go to work. Same old, same old. However, they do light up the dark nights with holiday lights.

We walked along the streets in the city center and captured some of the beauty of the lights that cheer everyone during the long winter nights. I'd like to share some of them with you.

Faberge storefront all lit up

Some stores go all out to decorate for the season. On the left is a department store with old-fashioned decorations. Every window portrays a different scene.

Streets are lit up for the shoppers.

Historic buildings have a whole new look to them.

The lights add a feeling of a festival to the city. The main holiday here is New Year's Eve, so that's the festival that they celebrate. (More about that in a later post.)

However, the lights don't make the temperature any warmer!


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