Today is Christmas Day in Russia!

   Today is Christmas in Russia... traditionally celebrated on January 7! 
   We are really blessed that teams of church members and volunteers can still celebrate Christmas in orphanages run by the Russian government.  Christmas was definitely not a popular holiday during the days of Communism, and even today, Christmas is not widely celebrated by Russians.  Instead, New Year's Day is the "big event" day, and many Russian businesses close down the entire first week of the New Year.
   In case you missed it earlier, today we share with you in this video the joy in a Russian orphanage as children receive gifts from Big Family Mission team. 
   Merry Christmas!  (And, after all, Christmas occurs on every day of the year!)

Christmas gifts in a Russian orphanage