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Mark your calendars Americans, today is Orthodox Christmas, January 7.  Catch the fever.  

Last night at church was as advertised, food, drink, cheer, good times.  Although the crowd seemed lighter than last year.  My favorite part of Serbian Christmas is the traditional emptying of pockets.  The collection plates get quite a few miles on them on this night.  In this case it is nice not speaking Serbian because the head priest took the microphone and solicited for about 20 minutes while we ate.  I didn’t understand a word, so he wasn’t able to play on my sympathies and I didn’t give much.  It was all coming up aces.  Don’t feel bad for the church though, they did fine, and I’m sure they are still counting in the back room.
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