my family used to put up a traditional Christmas tree (which was much smaller than one you see in American homes). there we had to call it a New Year's tree. i miraculously still have some of my childhood ornaments. before my parents moved to the U.S. they had visited me several times. each time bringing something special like these ornaments below:
little red riding hood; though broken (i patched it up) - still beautiful
on the left Grandfather Frost and his grand-daughter Snegurochka (these are actually from Russian folklore, not Georgian)
more Soviet era ornaments
these five ornaments above are of U.S. and German origin; purchased by me two years ago here in Tn
besides the traditional Christmas tree in Georgia they are now trying to revive an old custom of putting up a Chichilaki tree. Chichilaki is usually carved out of a haselnut branch and is decorated with dried fruits and sweets. speaking of sweets, my favorite Christmas treats were Gozinaki (wallnut brittle) and Churchkhela (wallnuts strung on a thread and dipped in grape juice mixture multiple times).
Churchkhela and Gozinaki - Georgian treats made for Christmas and New Year
now, living in America, i celebrate Christmas just the way everyone else does. with gifts and all. honestly, i enjoy it less and less each year due to the pressure associated with gift-giving. i'm trying to do all possible not to raise little brats who don't have any idea about reality. at the same time i want my children to enjoy their childhood. do you face the same dilemma?
|Cordell's note to Grinch (he punched a hole in the paper and hung it on a tree with a piece of yarn): "to Grinch, don't ruin our Christmas. would you like if i ruin your Christmas"|
i paint ornaments for my Etsy shop; here Cordell painted an ornament like a rainbow
below are musical wind-up toys i purchased for my kids at a Tn state fair. aren't they something?! the solder on a rocking horse is broken but still moves and plays music! they all move and play music when wound up. i think little drummer boy is my favorite of them!
this video of how one man makes Chichilaki tree is long, but it may teach you something about humility.... sorry, i don't know how to shorten or edit youtube material. the man in the video speaks in Georgian dialect i don't understand but thankfully there are subtitles: