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Have You Been Nice?

Grandfather Frost

That’s Grandfather Frost [Дед Мороз] and he is the Russian ‘gift giver’. He is assisted by the Snow Maiden [Снегурочка], but ever the jolly, fun-loving people, the ‘gifts’ are a bit different. Threats of coal or sticks would be weird to a people who are trying to stay warm, they would consider them welcome.

Generally there are sweets, maybe salo [salted fatback], and other high energy food.

For the ‘naughty’ list there is the staff. You don’t get beaten, merely touched, which turns you into a popsicle. [I told you they were fun-loving.]

Tonight’s the night – you’ve been nice, right?


1 Oldwhitelady { 12.31.18 at 9:53 pm }

Grandfather Frost can stay away!😄. Happy New Year, Bryan!

2 Bryan { 01.01.19 at 1:30 pm }

Happy New Year, OWL. Did you have black eyed peas for luck?

3 Anya { 01.01.19 at 4:06 pm }

Grandfather Frost was more like Crazy Uncle Slush hereabouts last night. 😛

4 Bryan { 01.01.19 at 5:54 pm }

Yeah, that mess is still keeping the local temps in the 70s and creating dense fog. We’ve had 100% humidity for a week. So much for an early start for the ski resorts.

5 Anya { 01.02.19 at 3:55 pm }

Actually, it’s been cold enough in the mountains at night for the resorts to make snow. They’ve been open since Thanksgiving. But, that’s only in the northern half of the state. Here in the “south,” it snows a bit, then turns to sleet and slush, and finally pours rain.

Kayaking is more the order of the day in our neighborhood.

6 Bryan { 01.02.19 at 10:12 pm }

That’s just weird, or rather climate change. From the Adirondacks North there should be snow in December. We have lost the right to slip on the ice and bust our buns!