The week of Orthodox Christmas (January 7th) there are Christmas programs and the children who register and attend receive Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. We took the girls to a program. It was packed. Ruth really enjoyed it. Especially the present. We've participated on the "giving" side in the States. It was a neat opportunity to be on the "receiving" side now.
Continuing from the recent Christmas season, Ruth really enjoys pretending to be Mary. She loves to be wrapped in my scarf, or put a small blanket over her head. Sometimes she will ball up another small blanket and call it Baby Jesus. She spent hours playing with a toymmanager scene and loved watching "Larry Christmas" which is what she called any of 3 different Veggie Tales Christmas DVDs. She even watched one today.