Ded Moroz, or Father Frost, is the Slavic version of Santa Claus. He is the symbol of Russian winter, New Year's and presents. It's just one bit of Polina's Russian culture we can keep alive for her. She is now convinced his last name is Santa Claus...so for us...it's Ded Moroz Santa Clause. While we make sure that our family's focus is on Jesus' birth as we celebrate Christmas, we also incorporate the cultural traditions as a "side" to the fun and celebration.
Here are a couple short videos and photos from our evening at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade. It was perfect timing - a Monday night at 7:00. No one was there and we had him all to ourselves for about 45 minutes!
|He greeted her with a Russian phrase. She was so confused. |
|Reading "The Night Before Christmas" so she could see what his reindeer were.|
|Showing her his magic key he wears around his neck because we don't have a chimney. She had a dozen questions about this, including what he did with it when he sleeps.|
|A kiss goodbye|
And then we went for a walk to look at the lights and decorations around the Promenade.
|Polina and Daddy love fountains|
|Stopped in for a picture with the pretty tree at Pottery Barn.|
|A magical Mommy-Daughter moment|
|Pretty Girl in front of the big tree|