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  • ‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly: International Student Edition

    In Russia, if you wish someone a merry Christmas on December 25, the most likely reply you will get is “not yet!” Why? Because here in Russia, Christmas is celebrated after the New Year, on January 7. But that’s not the only difference! Here’s how ITMO’s international students spend their winter holidays in Russia.


  • Movies We Watch Over the Holidays

    For most of us, winter holidays are inextricably linked to movies, cartoons, and specials, dutifully watched year after year. Their welcoming familiarity warms our hearts, adding a much-craved touch of wonder to cold winter days. Here is our selection of the most festive, cozy, and cheerful movies we find ourselves returning to every December. Spot any of your favorites?


  • This Weekend in St. Petersburg: December 24-25, 2022

    The next weekend will be the last one in 2022 (if we don’t count December 31), so we are here to help you make it count. Two festive concerts, a Christmas market – because who would we be without one – and ice rinks in the city center. Enjoy!


  • This Weekend in St. Petersburg: December 3-4, 2022

    Start the last month of the year with a bang by immersing yourself in the history of the upcoming holidays, sprucing up your wardrobe and home with some garage-sale finds, or opting for any other activities from our weekend’s go-tos.


  • Koliada: Russian Trick-or-Treating?

    What do Halloween and Russian Orthodox Christmas (January 7) have in common? Asking neighbors for sweets, of course!


  • Looking on the Bright Side: Perks of a Digital New Year’s

    It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? And even though this seemingly never-ending rollercoaster of unexpected events is about to finally come to an end, 2020 does have something more up its sleeve – a digital New Year’s. But just because your 2021 holiday is different, it doesn’t mean it can’t be just as festive, celebratory, and meaningful as in years past.


  • Holiday Spirit: How To Get It and Keep It

    The holidays! A magical time. But maybe you're just not feeling that festive spirit this time around? Perhaps you only need a bit of inspiration. We've tried to put together a list of all the different things that make each of us get into the holiday mood.


  • January 7th: Russia Celebrates Christmas

    Much like people in many other countries with a strong Orthodox tradition, most Russians who celebrate Christmas do it on January 7. Apart from clerical concerns, this day is also associated with the end of the long winter holidays, thus holding much significance for religious and non-religious people alike. So, what’s the best way to spend January 7 in 2019?


  • Christmas Is All Around Us

    I feel it my fingers, I feel it in my toes, and the calendar says that it is, in fact, true: Christmas is officially with us again, with all the decorations, presents, mistletoes, and merrymaking. Here are our tips on how to feel these festive vibes and make the most of your winter holidays if you’re a grown-up.


  • How to Survive the Holidays If You’re a Grinch

    Or, for the purposes of this article, an introvert. For I don’t know if my social recluse soulmates will be with me on this one, but I’d happily steal Christmas if I could. Not for banishing it altogether, no, I’m not a dictator (just a Grinch). Nor do I have anything against flashy decorations (bring out the kitsch!) or advent calendars (only what’s the thing with some of them not including a piece of chocolate for December 25? Bloody capitalists), or the children laughing (but dear parents, let’s limit it to the period of, say, 10am to 6pm, capeesh?). I’d just revamp it... slightly. Alas; as of now, this is all just a dream, and we the homebody crowd have to make do with the barbarous, social-interaction-obsessed world order shaped by and for extroverts. So here’s a word of counsel on how to survive the tinsel, the jamborees, and other manifestations of the holiday cheer attack on the senses.