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6 Days 'Till Christmas: Alinaan and Her Holiday Feast

19. December 2011 by Admin 0 Comments

There are only 6 days until Christmas! Are you ready? Why not take a break and read more our Alinaan's Christmas interview. It's destined to charm you!


What is your favorite holiday food? Do you do the cooking?
Preparations for Christmas begin early in the morning and of course I help mother cook the traditional dishes for Christmas. It is our tradition to prepare 12 dishes for Christmas.

“Kutya” is the main dish. It is prepared with a wheat or barley, flavored with poppy seeds, raisins, nuts and Uzvar. Uzvar is delicious and is compote of dried fruits. All other dishes are prepared at the discretion of the hostess, but they should be lean.


Do you have a special Christmas memory from your childhood?
Yes I do! When I was 14 years old, we gathered for the celebration of Christmas, as always many relatives and friends had arrived. The house was filled with the atmosphere of so many friendly and cheerful people and loving emotions that is impossible to forget.

At the end of the evening we went into the street to celebrate. We went sledging, sculpting snowmen and throwing snowballs at each other. That evening the snow was extra fluffy white, and all around seemed fabulous.


How/where are you celebrating Christmas this year?
This year, as before, I celebrate this holiday with my family in my hometown of Pereyaslav Khmelnitsky. Our small city is 1100 years old and rich with tradition and history. I can’t wait to return home to see my dear family and experience the Christmas celebrations of my culture.


What does Christmas mean to you?
Christmas, for me, brings a lot of positive emotions, warmth and the comforts of home. This holiday fills our home with the laughter and joy of my family and friends. Christmas gives us the opportunity to remind our loved ones how much we love them.


What is your favorite Christmas time tradition?
The most important tradition in my family is the singing of Christmas carols (songs that are most popular on Christmas eve). We all gather together, going door-to-door singing Christmas carols to the neighbors – who usually reward us with tasty treats or money.