When you're Ukrainian, you get to celebrate Christmas twice! Once on December 25th according to the current Gregorian calendar and again two weeks later on January 7th under the old Julian calendar. Sweet, eh?
Now, I am not Ukrainian. I don't have even a single drop of Ukrainian blood in my heritage. But I am a major Ukrainian WANNABE! I love Ukrainian culture and food. And I've dated more Ukrainians than you can shake a stick at -- including my Rare One. All four of her grandparents emigrated straight from the Ukraine, making her pedigree 100% Ukrainian-Canadian. SWOON!
Tonight we are going with a multicultural bunch of friends to a charming local Ukrainian restaurant where, once again, we will eat the traditional 12 meat-and-dairy-free dishes which celebrate Ukrainian Christmas. If you're interested in all the details and symbolism of the meal, please check out my last year's posts (found here and here).
Multiculturalism? Psshht! EVERYONE is Ukrainian on Ukrainian Christmas!