It seems that Christmas/ New Year decorations have been put up early this year in my world. This is unusual as I remember. Ukrainians don’t celebrate Christmas on December 25, but on January 7 (old calendar). Their big holiday is New Year’s eve/ Day when the family exchanges presents, eats, etc. So, they have another week to begin preparations. However, the artificial trees were up at the big grocery stores and other shopping areas before Thanksgiving, which is really early for us!
So, by now, just about any shop that is going to decorate has finished the job. I noticed that the central tree (they are not called Christmas trees here). If you want more info, you can go here.
Today, I had several errands to run. I met with a brother to talk about ministry to they gypsies and then I paid money on my cell phone and then walked into a store where I found Butterfingers recently. Unfortunately, it appears they have all be bought with none on the shelves. Guess some other American has been there recently!
I popped in to say hello to Sergei, a young Church Planting student who attends Kiev Theological Seminary. He is getting ready to go to Kiev on Saturday for their next session. So, he made me a cup of coffee in his little shop and we talked about ministry.
I also stopped in to the new Apple Resell store that opened last week. I think we now have 3 or 4 Apple stores in the city. More and more people are using Apples, even in the former SU!!! I also stopped in some other stores as well. Lots of people were smiling and friendly.
I can’t get over how nice most people are here. It is a great feeling to walk into stores where people smile and ask how you are doing. The pharmacy lady even gave me their cell phone number so that I could call to make sure the meds I need are in stock before coming by (and they are just across the street from me!).
I love the fact that I live in the center of the city. It is a great place and I am looking forward to 2011 and see what God has in store!!!