I think we can all agree: The world needs more happy. So here in my little corner of the internet, I’m choosing to create it, to focus on the positive rather than the negative. It may not be much, but those small things… they snowball and add up to more happy.
So, every week in 2017, I’m going to post a positive, something good that’s happened over the past week.
With that, here’s my first (starting a bit late!)…
Week 4 positive: Ukrainian Christmas
With two vizslas, one sassy + creative four-year-old and all our stuff, my sister and I road tripped home-home for Ukrainian Christmas – my first time at this recently revived annual family tradition.
Following a blessing and a few words in Ukrainian from my grandma and her sister, seven of the traditional 12 meatless dishes were passed: borscht, wheat, holubse (rice rolls with beet or cabbage leaves), petaha (perogies), fish, fruit soup and mushrooms.
Though the food was amazing (except for the mushrooms… ew), it wasn’t the highlight. The best part: time with my family, seeing my grandma dance with my niece (and sing a Ukrainian song from her childhood), and understanding an important part of my heritage. I’m so proud to be part of this family ♥
Clockwise from top left: fish, an empty bowl of borscht, petaha and holubse.