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Kutia is sometimes eaten from one common bowl, this symbolizes unity.
In the past, some families like to throw a spoonful of sochivo up on the ceiling.
When they appear the star and other lights on the Christmas tree light up! The traditional greeting for Happy New Year is 'S Novym Godom'.
The official Christmas and New holidays in Russia last from December 31st to January 10th. People then eat 'sochivo' or 'kutia' a porridge made from wheat or rice served with honey, poppy seeds, fruit (especially berries and dried fruit like raisins), chopped walnuts or sometimes even fruit jellies!
Following the meal, prayers might be said and people then go to the midnight Church services. I couldn't offer the couple anything better at the time.
They often don't wash the dishes until they get home from Church - sometimes not until 4.00am or 5.00am! My inn was really full, so they had to go in the stable." Babushka followed him across the yard.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, people were free to celebrate Christmas again.
But it's still a quieter and smaller holiday in Russia after the big New Year celebrations.
There are Russian Christmas cookies called Kozulya which are made in the shape of a sheep, goat or deer.