I just spoke with a friend of mind, Misha, also a co-worker. He is a Russian Jew who has been living in the US for a few years.
He says in Russia, the big holiday of the year is New Years Eve. In Russia, Santa is replaced with Grandfather Frost. He is an old man with a long white beard in a red fur coat (some have him in blue), special mittens, felt boots, with magic staff and bag of gifts for children. He rides not by reindeer, but on a Russian sled with big horses named Boxer and with little bell under an arch. His home is winter snow wood, where he organizes blizzards and snow fallings.
His “hot” granddaughter is Snow girl. She is dressed in light-blue fur coat with white ermine fur, white boots. She is a mistress for birds and animals of a winter wood: hares, squirrels, and bullfinches.
Usually malicious Baba Yaga and Leshiy steals the bags with gifts and presents. The malicious wolf and artful fox help them. The Snowman is for comic relief. Snow girl says: “Children, let’s help the Grandfather Frost to find the bag with the presents!”
So I am thinking that Katie and I (and the boys) might like doing what the Russian Jews do. In Russia they say S Novim Godom! It means Happy New Year! What do you think?