My wife and I came to Chicago to be here for my mother in law’s annual Russian Christmas party, which was held on Saturday night. By the time it got dark on Saturday evening the house had been cleaned, the food had been prepared and the bubbly was on ice.
We arrived dressed in party clothes and found a home for our coats. Our four year old niece found us and then asked me if I would like to dance. As a general rule I’m not a dancer but I doubt anyone with a heart could turn down a request to dance with a young family member in a Snow White costume. As my niece took my hand my wife began pouring drinks, as always she looked fantastic.
The Russian Christmas party it is a stroke of genius by my mother in law designed to extend the holiday season by an extra week or more. The Russian Orthodox Christmas (also known as The Epiphany) is traditionally celebrated on January 6th to commemorate the three wise men visiting the baby Jesus. My mother in law was raised Russian Orthodox but also knows a good reason to throw an extra party when she sees one.
As the guests began to arrive the little one and I made our way across the floor in the best approximation of the waltz we could muster. I was extending my holiday celebrations while she was just trying to put off her bedtime for a while longer. A good party has something for everyone.