Hello our family and friends, Christmas day was sure different here because it is not celebrated. We had a neat experience yesterday,that helped us appreciate "A" Russian act of kindness. We were walking from the church to where we pay bills, and a young man stopped Lee to say something. He told him he didn't speak russian and the guy kept talking and then turned him around a little and started to wipe off his coat in the back. I walked back and he was showing us that Lee must have leaned up against a white wall, as he had marks all over his coat. Would you do that to a stranger? They do simple things like that quite often. Like when we are in a place and can't understand what the cashier or office person is telling us, and then someone behind us steps up and offers to help in their broken english. When we look for the good in people, we can find it, right? It amazes me, too, how on the public transportations, the majority of people get up from their seats and let the elderly sit, or a child, or a mother with a baby, and this is the teenagers, and young adults. Last Sunday, when we abt. ice skated to church, an older lady fell, and a young man stopped to get her up and going. The younger generation and abt. up to 50 are alot kinder than the really older ones tho. generally. I think it's because the older people have had such a tough communistic life, and the new ones are learning how to be more civilized. On the funny side, when we were getting on a tramvi to come back to our aprtment we happen to get on one that was extremely full, but we had to take it. So, I was stepping up on the first step and no where to grab ahold of, because of being so packed, except on a mans pants, and I didn't want to do that. So I told my good companion, as the tramvi was closing the doors on him, to boost me, know what I mean? or we wouldn't make it. He did and we made it,and I was litteraly squished amongst some tall men so I had to hold my neck up for my nose to catch some air. I was extremely grateful at that moment that it was not summer, due to the aroma from bodies in the heat! I would have fainted for sure. Today we are helping Elder Gnatyshun celebrate his birthday here. Then we will go to the branches holiday party.
Wishing you all a great day, Elder and Sister Gregersen, alias Mom and Dad