Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.

Sinclair Lewis.

Winter is a magical season of the year, when regardless to the age, we all feel like kids again. It is the “family time” season. It is the period for comfort, for good food, hot beverages, friendly talks, big companies gathered around the table and reconnect with each other. It is the ideal time to seat at home with a festive christmas cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows in it and watch cartoons or read a good book. It is the fall when all the kids from the neighbourhood are playing together, making snowman and riding a sledge.

Unfortunately, this year we don’t have snow. So my spirit of holidays didn’t show up. Yesterday, I couldn’t realise that it was already Christmas. The lack of snow brought me the feeling of loneliness. Year after year, I was waiting for the snow to show up. As matter of fact, I was thinking that we were friends… This year, honestly looks like Grinch, finally, stole Christmas.

However, regardless to the lack of snow, all our work, studies, burning deadlines, Christmas arrived. In the Republic of Moldova, we love Christmas and New Year celebrations so much that we celebrate it twice. Yes, twice. Although, officially we adopted the Gregorian calendar the Church continues to use the Julian calendar. The tradition of celebrating the coming of the New Year twice is widely enjoyed: January 1 (New New Year) and January 14 (Old New Year). The second one, not as festive as the New New Year, for many is a nostalgic family holiday ending the New Year holiday cycle (which includes Eastern Orthodox Christmas on January 7) with traditional large meals, songs and celebratory drinks.

So as you can understand, I still have plenty of time to find the SPIRIT of holidays for the next Christmas and the two coming New Years. In order to find it, I decided to take a ride and visit, the Christmas tree, which I appoint as the most beautiful one in my country. It is in Balti, “the north capital” of Moldova.

I decided regardless to the Spring weather, I will find the Spirit of Christmas.

Are the days of winter sunshine as sad for you as they are for me?

Maybe this compilation of Christmas trees of the country will bring you some winter feeling…

Chisinau:

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Balti:

Balti

Christmas tree

Orhei:

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Happy Holidays to all of you!!! Ho-Ho-Ho!!

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