When Christmastide to Rhymney came
And I was six or seven
I thought the stars in the eastern sky
Were the brightest stars of heaven.
I chose the star that glittered most
To the east of Rhymney town
To be the star above the byre
Where Mary’s babe lay down.
And nineteen hundred years would meet
Beneath a magic light,
And Rhymney share with Bethlehem
A star on Christmas night.
by Idris Davies
Happy New Year to you all! Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! С новым годом!
New Year’s Day and to a lesser extent Christmas are a major holidayperiod in Russia and of course some of her greatest writers wrote stories set during this time of year.
You may wonder why I titled this entry with New Year preceding Christmas. The answer is quite simple: In Russia the Eastern Orthodox Church follows the Julian calender and thus celebrates Christmas Day on or near January 7. This date works to be December 25, in the Julian Calender, which pre-dates the Gregorian calendar most of us use today.
Nonetheless here is the reading list for you to choose from:
- THE NEW YEAR’S TREE by Mikhail Zoshchenko
- THE BOYS by Anton Chekhov
- A CHRISTMAS TREE AND A WEDDING by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- AT CHRISTMASTIDE by Anton Chekhov
- DREAM OF A YOUNG TSAR by Lev Tolstoy
- MAKAR’S DREAM by Vladimir Korolenko
- A WOMAN’S KINGDOM by Anton Chekhov
- A DISTANT CHRISTMAS EVE by Kaudia Lukashevich
- THE LITTLE BOY AT CHRIST’S CHRISTMAS TREE by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- CHRISTMAS PHANTOMS by Maxim Gorky, A LIFELESS ANIMAL by Teffi (a.k.a. Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya)
- MY LAST CHRISTMAS by Mikhail Zoshchenko
There are no doubt many others so if you have any recommendations please leave a comment.