Kristuusax^ Ag^akux^! Amchuux^txichin!

From the land of saints, the faithful Orthodox in Unalaska, Alaska wish you a Merry Christmas.  This evening was the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord.  Tomorrow we begin our tradition of following the Star of the East.  For three nights we will visit parish homes and sing carols.  We call it starring as we carry a large, decorated star and the star spins as we sing.

Kristuusax^  Ag^akux^!  Amchuux^txichin!  Christ is born! Glorify Him!

The title of this post is in Unangam tunuu, or the Aleut language.  We also say the phrase  in Slavonic.  Khristos Razhdayetsya!! Slavite Yego! And in English.  Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Wrapping up Christmas on the Julian calendar…

We gather together…

We follow the Star of the East, oh Bethlehem star….

We sing in Slavonic, Unangam tunuu, and English….

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, families are preparing all kinds of treats in anticipation of a visit by the Star….

Yum….traditional, mixed with contemporary.  What could be better?

And we eat…..

And converse….

And reconnect….

A good time was had by all!