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I went to see a movie the other night, and ended up on a hill overlooking Maidan. It was a new view on the square for me, and much nicer, I’m sure when it’s warmer.


and the Christmas tree is still up…


which I know would drive my friend Marco crazy. He gets completely unhinged seeing a christmas light or a stray bit of tinsel from January 2nd on. He has this thing he calls his “christmas brick” that he’ll threaten to toss through the window of anyone who thinks Christmas should be all year ’round. The best part is he lives across the street from one of the most overzealous holiday decorators I’ve seen. Reindeer, candy canes, all sorts of blinking lights….anyway, Marco would have been pretty offended by that tree still being up. But I asked around and there seems to be something on the 19th of Jan also, which people leave the decorations up for, and then shut the whole thing down till next year.

I, unlike Marco, don’t really mind it so much. I think the tiny christmas lights strung on branches make up for the lack of leaves on the trees, and while I don’t really care to see Santa in Feb, I think there should be some sort of rule that during the months where there are 6 hours of daylight and when it’s below or right around 0, christmas lights (which we can rename ‘winter lights’ or something) are turned on. Hey, I’m just trying to make the world a prettier place.


  1. olechko wrote:

    very nice pictures of our glorious Maidan. ..Your fr. Marco will go nuts to know that Ukie tradition is to kep on celebrations until 20 Jan. So I am just getting ready to put apart our Christmas tree (OMG!)

    Monday, January 21, 2008 at 10:49 am | Permalink
  2. Marco wrote:

    Your pictures have angrified me!!!!!!!

    Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

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