What is the 6th of January?
a. Ukrainian Christmas Eve
c. the 12th day of Christmas
d. the perfect opportunity to pig out on perogies and cabbage rolls
Answer: ALL OF THE ABOVE!
January 6th is the proverbial 12th day of Christmas, and it is also the FIRST day – Christmas Eve – of Ukrainian Christmas. (If I was really orthodox about it, I could start all over with yet ANOTHER 12 days of Christmas if I wanted to. But I won’t. I think I’m finally Christmassed out.)
Why do I care? Mostly because I LOVE perogies and Ukrainian Christmas is the perfect opportunity to indulge in my favorite childhood Ukrainian food. Both of my paternal grandparents emigrated to Canada from the Ukraine. They were both culturally and linguistically German but part of the lingering Ukrainian legacy in our family was – you got it – perogies! And cabbage rolls!
Growing up in Winnipeg, Canada, where there is a large Ukrainian population, a number of my childhood friends celebrated Ukrainian Christmas. I was always a little jealous that we didn’t, because they always got two rounds of gifts! (Either that or their parents got great deals on buying presents because they could wait and shop the AFTER Christmas sales!)
So guess what we had for dinner tonight at our house? Yep. Perogies. (They taste a lot better than they look.) But maybe that’s just because I grew up on them. I’ve linked the recipes if you want to try to make them from scratch. They’re kind of a lot of work, though. So I just stock up in bulk at Costco every time I go to Canada. 🙂
Do you have any favorite foods that connect you to your family history? What are they? Do share!