"The Ukrainian Christmas festive days according to the Julian calendar, start on 6 January, Christmas Eve, and end on 19 January, "Jordan" or Epiphany. (according to Wikipedia)."
For me, it also including several weeks of preparations.. and one hell of a day cooking, and opening my home to good friends for a great "Ukie" meal. I believe this year's was my "7th Annual Ukie Christmas" - WOW, where does time fly?!, and what it has become to me is a gift - and a Thank you - to my closest friends. It's a time right after the mad holiday rush to get all get together, eat good food (hopefully! haha), and just hang out. Some people call me nuts... cooking for "that" many people, I don't think I'm THAT crazy - as I just feel like I'm in my element.
Typical Menu -using some of the traditional thinking of what to serve (then throwing in some meat dishes, as typically, I do it after the actual Ukranian Christmas Eve) Every year making sure there is at LEAST 12 dishes - mainly consisting of Perogies (Varenky), Cabbage Rolls (Holubtsi), Crepes (Nalysnyky), Kolach , Turkey, Ham, Stuffing...and more. I usually start preparing weeks in advance (a full day to make perogies is hard to schedule in!)...and the night before is a late one, ensure the Kolach is freshly baked, morning of - it's rise-n-shine, as in order to have everything done at once and before midnight, typically means the turkey -this years was 23lbs- has to be prepped, stuffed and go in by 9am at the latest!
|The Ukie Spread....|
This year was no different from the previous 6, aside from the fact, when we woke up... it truly was a WHITE UKIE CHRISTMAS! Which for those who do live on the WET COAST know that a "White Christmas" is a rarity. Which meant there was an earlier "HONEY... WAKE UP! Get the Shovel!" haha
|Waking up to snow, and Jason shoveling the ROCKSTAR parking spot out....|
|Good Friends...Good Times!!|
|Gotta Love the Can-Can lesson in the snow!|