The year is ending
As it always ends
Rejoice and forget your sins;
The rain is falling
As it always falls,
And the sea comes rolling in.
The sun is rising
As it always rises.
Unfold the new year plan;
The wind is blowing
As it always blows
Fresh hope from man to man.
by Alan Dickson
Happy New Year to you all! Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! С новым годом!
New Year’s Day and, to a lesser extent, Christmas Day are a major holiday period in Russia so 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 calendar and thus celebrates Christmas Day on or near January 7. This date works out to be December 25 in the Julian calendar which existed prior to 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.