THE Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas 13 days after us. Christmas Eve dinner on January 6 involves a porridge called kutya, eaten from a common dish.
A spoonful of kutya is sometimes thrown up to the ceiling. If it sticks, there will be a plentiful honey harvest.
Russia is also seeing the return of the mythical Baboushka, banned under the Communists. She, not Santa, brings kids gifts.