Monday, December 7, 2015

A Tale of Two Christmases

Moscow was our first post in the Foreign Service.  We arrived here in 1999, childless, but with our first on the way.  Needless to say, Moscow was quite a bit different in those days - and so were we.

We went to our first Embassy Christmas party in 1999, at Spaso House, the Ambassador's residence since 1933. It's an amazing house - you can read about it here if you're interested, or take a virtual tour.

I don't have a ton of pictures from that first party, but here's one.

Damn, I was young! And that baby is about to turn 16.
 And here are a few from yesterday's party re-do.

This photo was taken at 3:30 in the afternoon, outside of Spaso House. Moscow gets dark early in the winter.

Inside the mansion.

With Santa, Ded Moroz and Snegurochka.


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