Guide
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Christmas Eve, January 6, the end one of the most stringent Orthodox fasts.And in the last pre-holiday week should be particularly strict fasting - the menu is completely eliminated not only meat and dairy products, and fish and wine.We do not recommend watching television, visiting all kinds of entertainment events.
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If you decide to celebrate Christmas according to the rules, conduct pre-holiday week with the appropriate attitude.Lofty thoughts, visit the church service, the spiritual home reading with your children will help you to tune in the appropriate way.
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On Christmas Eve, prepare the festive table.According to tradition, it should be very abundant.Recommended meat dishes - such as baked h
am, jelly, jellied fish, pancakes, porridge ram side, suckling pig, goose or duck stuffed with apples, pies vyazigoy, fish and cabbage, candied sweet cakes.
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Do not forget to prepare sochivo - a dish of boiled wheat grains or rice, flavored with honey.This is the first dish, which is allowed to eat after fasting and climbing the first star.Note that a strict fast refers to the monastic charter, for the laity quite possible concessions.For example, children, pregnant women, the sick and the elderly are not required to withstand the post.
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Decorate the holiday table.According to tradition, it should be at least 12 dishes.In serving stick with white and blue gamma - the colors of the Orthodox Christmas.Mandatory snow-white starched tablecloth, under which it is possible to put a little hay.As an added decor fit candles and stars - the best silver and crystal.
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By Christmas, buy new clothes for the whole family and especially for children.Even in the home range of the household must look beautiful and festive.
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Christmas dinner should be quiet and sedate, loud music and loud conversations are not welcome.However, it is possible to pick up a musical program of motets.Explain the importance of what is happening - they are usually imbued with the solemnity of the moment, and behave accordingly.