December 2019 Soto’s Chronicles
Protecting your most valuable asset — your family
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!
However you spend the month of December, I hope it is filled with lots of fun and festive activities. It’s a favorite time of the year for me, and I hope you take time to spend it with family and friends. It’s been a very busy year. As you are out and about with your loved ones, please make sure to give lots of wellness checks on your older family members. The holidays can be a busy time, and those older family members may feel left out. Pick up the phone or stop by —do whatever you can to include them in your holiday activities. It’s also a good time to double-check and make sure all of the powers of attorney and health care directives are in place, current, and easily accessible. If you need to update these documents, give us a call prior to the end of the year and we can give you peace of mind for your loved ones.
THEY DO WHAT IN WINTER? Winter Celebrations Around theWorld
Winter is a time for festive joy when celebrations culminate to carry us through the gloomy weather and keep us cheery about ringing in another year. Sometimes it’s hard to look outside our own traditions because we love them so much, but there’s a whole world out there full of people who have their own wonderfully different ways of celebrating a season that means so much. Here are just a few you might find as fascinating and heartwarming as we do.
RUSSIA: MASLENITSA, OR PANCAKE WEEK
Celebrated at the end of February to denote the passing of winter, this seven-day festival is a time of indulgence for people all across Russia. As the name suggests, piping hot pancakes (or blinis, as they’re called in Russia) are served up every day of the celebration as people stuff themselves to the gills in preparation for Lent. The blinis are golden, fluffy, and come with an array of decadent toppings, like chocolate and fruit, or savory options, like sour cream and caviar. The festival also involves plenty of dancing, winter sports like ice skating and skiing, and culminates in the burning of the Maslenitsa straw figure to signify the forgiveness of any wrongdoings suffered. That all sounds fun and dandy, but they honestly had us at pancakes.
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