December 2, 2013

The Russian Christmas legend of Babushka , 

Babushka was an old woman who lived alone in a house by the road. She had lived alone so long that her days and her thoughts were filled only with sweeping, dusting, cooking, spinning, and scrubbing. One evening she heard the sound of trumpets and men approaching on horseback. She paused for a moment, wondering who they could be. Suddenly she heard a knock on her door. Opening the door she discovered three noble men standing before her. They asked her if she’d like to come along to Bethlehem to find the child who has been born a king. She told them she couldn’t because she had a lot of work to do. After they had left Babushka regretted her decision, she packed up her things and went after the noble men. She never found the noble men or the baby king. Babushka never gave up. Every Epiphany Eve Babushka would search the homes in Russia and even if she didn’t find the Christ child she’d leave gifts for children.

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