I am so sorry I didn't send my best wishes for Christmas to the readers of my blog! Please forgive me!!!!! Since most of you also read my FB page I congratulated everybody there, but I still feel guilty. =( My only excuse is that in Russia we celebrate Christmas on January 7th. So my Christmas post is still to follow! ;-)
We are rapidly approaching the New Year. It's amazing how time seems to fly faster and faster as it gets closer to December 31st. New Year is a big holiday here. Everybody has their own family traditions on this day. Some traditional foods include the Russian salad, tangerines and red caviar. Kids are looking forward to Father Frost (Russian version of Santa Claus) to bring them presents. It's a special holiday for many children because on December 31st they get to stay up late, like grown-ups! My daughter loves that, and she always wants to see how Father Frost puts her presents under the Christmas tree exactly at midnight, but he somehow managers to escape from her view every time. ;-) And all of us love to go out at about 1:30 or 2 a.m. We go to a park which is close to our house. There are literally crouds of people out in the streets at night then, and everybody is happy. There are celebrations in the parks with concerts and funny contests that usually last a good part of the night. Needless to say that January 1st everybody usually sleeps in till who-knows-what-time =)
New Year is also the time when many people make resolutions to change something in their life. I am not an exception. At the end of December each year I usually write a special letter to the Lord. This letter has three parts in it. In the first part I thank Him for the requests answered and goals reached throughout the past year. In the second part I usually list several important goals that I would like to reach the next year, and in the third part I usually share my big dreams and desires. Some of them seem impossible at the time when I write them down. But you know what? As time passes, some of those items move from the "dream" list to the "goals" list. Isn't that a good proof that our Lord is the Lord over everything, even the most impossible things! In fact, I wrote a new letter yesterday, and another big dream moved to the goal list. Thank You, Lord!!!
As I've been reading my favourite freelance blogs this week, I came across an interesting article about New Year resolutions. Hope you find it useful, I did.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!