Sunday, 6 January 2019
Ukrainian Christmas Eve
Under the old Julian calendar still used by the Orthodox Christian Church, today is Orthodox Christmas Eve or, as we refer to it here on the Canadian prairies, Ukrainian Christmas Eve.
And as long-time readers know, My Rare One's heritage is 100% Ukrainian and mine is 0% Ukrainian but I am a major wannabe. So this evening I am making a celebration for her, as I always do, in my half-assed, pagan, non-Ukrainian way.
The traditional 12 meatless dishes to be eaten on Ukrainian Christmas Eve are far, far beyond my culinary abilities to prepare, so I'm just going to pan-fry up some cheese perogies with butter, onions and bacon. See? I can't even make one dish meatless! And I'm not making borscht this year either. Are my standards slipping?
Every year I buy My Rare One a small Ukrainian-themed gift and give it to her in a culturally appropriate gift bag. In the past, for example, I've given her a chocolate bar from the Ukraine, an art print of a pre-Christian Ukrainian goddess, a beet candle, design books and dyes for making Ukrainian Easter eggs, and an assortment of Christmas decorations, a tea towel and a golf ball all decorated with traditional Ukrainian designs.
Here is this year's gift --
Shhhh . . . don't tell her, but inside is a bag of beet chips! That's why I'm not making borscht this year. Don't want to risk a beet overdose!
I bet they'll be quite tasty with the perogies! At least, here's hoping.