Kalach: ring-shaped bread typically served at Christmas and funerals. The dough is braided, often with three strands representing the Holy Trinity. The braid is then shaped into a circle (circle = kolo in Ukrainian) representing the circle of life and family.

Kalach: ring-shaped bread typically served at Christmas and funerals. The dough is braided, often with three strands representing the Holy Trinity. The braid is then shaped into a circle (circle = kolo in Ukrainian) representing the circle of life and family.

Although this site appears to be in Ukrainian, it basically gives ideas for making Christmas villages out of all kinds of materials -- cardboard, wood, clay, etc.  Some very cute Christmas ideas!

Although this site appears to be in Ukrainian, it basically gives ideas for making Christmas villages out of all kinds of materials -- cardboard, wood, clay, etc. Some very cute Christmas ideas!

Christmas in Ukraine, which occurs in January, is a time of traditions and family gatherings. Celebrate Ukrainian Christmas traditions such as Sviaty Vechir.

Christmas in Ukraine, which occurs in January, is a time of traditions and family gatherings. Celebrate Ukrainian Christmas traditions such as Sviaty Vechir.

In Ukrainian & German lore, the tale of a spider explains the origin of tinsel: A poor widow couldn't buy gifts for her children or decorations for their tree. One Christmas Eve, she decorated a tree as best she could with fruits & nuts. When she went to sleep, spiders came out, crawled over the tree, leaving their webs behind. When Father Christmas visited, he saw the web-covered tree & decided to turn the webs to silver. In the morning when the family awoke, the tree was sparkling…

In Ukrainian & German lore, the tale of a spider explains the origin of tinsel: A poor widow couldn't buy gifts for her children or decorations for their tree. One Christmas Eve, she decorated a tree as best she could with fruits & nuts. When she went to sleep, spiders came out, crawled over the tree, leaving their webs behind. When Father Christmas visited, he saw the web-covered tree & decided to turn the webs to silver. In the morning when the family awoke, the tree was sparkling…

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