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December 23, 2005

Ну, Дед Мороз, погоди!

I've been feeling so sentimental about Ukraine the past month. Maybe because one year ago we were in the midst of the Orange Revolution. Maybe because I'm feeling more settled now, and "safer" to start missing Ukraine.

The holiday season has seemed so different. I really got used to preparing our family / American friend Christmas for December 25th. Then celebrating New Year's with our Ukrainian friends. And then a religious observance of Ukrainian Christmas. This year everything seems so. . . rushed.

My dear friend Laura has just returned from serving over three years in Ukraine. We are hoping to have her join us for New Year's. Have some familiarity, continuity, for us both.

One of the things I'm missing is the Christmas music I got used to in Ukraine. This song (though another version, which I can't find to play online) has been going through my head all week. I keep trying to change the radio station to find one playing it, but they are all playing American traditional music. It's a song from a children's cartoon series about a wolf and rabbit (and it may be an older folk song, I don't know.) The version I heard on the radio all the time in Kyiv was a pop one done by the groups "The Leperchauns". The music video for it was fun, too.

НОВОГОДНЯЯ ПЕСЕНКА. из мультфильма "Ну, погоди!"

Расскажи, Снегурочка, где была?
Расскажи-ка, милая, как дела?
За тобою бегала, Дед Мороз,
Пролила немало я горьких слёз!

А ну-ка, давай-ка плясать выходи!
Нет, Дед Мороз! Нет, Дед Мороз!
Нет, Дед Мороз, погоди!
Ждёт моих подарочков ребятня,
И тебе достанется от меня!
Наконец сбываются все мечты,
Лучший мой подарочек, это ты!

А ну-ка, давай-ка плясать выходи!
Нет, Дед Мороз! Нет, Дед Мороз!
Нет, Дед Мороз, погоди!

Ну, Дед Мороз! Ну, Дед Мороз!
Ну, Дед Мороз, погоди!

I'm missing Ukraine.


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Merry Christmas, TG. (((hugs))) - I'm sure Ukraine misses all of you, too. God bless.

Posted by: sparrow at December 24, 2005 01:04 PM

Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family! I'm sure that there are people in the Ukraine that are missing you guys, too!

Posted by: Kim in IL at December 24, 2005 03:27 PM

Ah, yes, the song of my childhood.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Posted by: Goldie at December 24, 2005 04:43 PM

*With tears in my eyes for you this time*

On Wednesday night, I was casually looking at all the new pictures on our fridge that have arrived in this new stash of Christmas cards. I found myself saying outloud, "Who ARE all of these people?" Meaning - there are a LOT of new faces on our fridge that wouldn't be there if we hadn't moved. And there are a lot of faces there of people I hold very dear in my heart whom I can't see, don't know when I'll see again.

I cried. And cried. And cried.

Sympathizing with you this evening, my friend.

Merry Christmas.

Posted by: Megan at December 24, 2005 09:52 PM

It cracks me up that you miss that kind of music. I just don't know what to say. It puts me right back on a marshrutka riding to Billa in the slush being sat on by man smelling of garlic and cigarette smoke and hoping and praying that when I yell the name of the stop everyone on the bus won't turn and look at me because of my idiotic foreign accent. I personally was so happy to hear traditional music on the radio this year...and to have control of the dial...in my own car.

Posted by: Little Miss at December 26, 2005 10:47 AM

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