My first Christmas in Ukraine (2002) was spent in the town of Brovary. Anya and Raica made us feel very welcome as we decorated their tree and had a nice simple Christmas Eve dinner.
My second Christmas in Ukriane was very different. I had spent the previous 11 months in the Obolon/Vinogradar areas of Kyiv. On Christmas Eve (2003) I was transfered out west to Rivne. Here I was, in a brand new city, with a new companion and in a new district, the day before Christmas. The branch members were very kind and made me feel right at home though.