There's Something about Mary

Stories and thoughts about my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova

Christmas of the North


Merry belated Christmas to all my friends and family back home!

This year, like last, I spent my Christmas in Moldova.  A couple of other volunteers who live about 40 minutes away in the 2nd largest city in Moldova hosted.  They call their apartment “The Lodge” which is a very fitting name, there are some deer antlers when you walk in, as well as a lot of dark wood and wall paper.  It is also a great place for hosting people, and even has 2 ovens!

I decided to come down on Christmas Eve.  The day before I spent my evening making red velvet whoopie pies to share with everyone, and then when I got to Balti I was asked to also make some molasses cookies for a pie crust, chocolate chip cookies and also cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning breakfast.  So I got started baking right away.  We drank some mulled wine, apple cider and ate some salami and cheese.  And around 7:30 a few of us left to go to the catholic church for Christmas Mass.  It was mostly in Russian so I didn’t understand much.  After church we stopped and went sledding down the big hill in town and then made our way back to my friends place.

On Christmas morning we got up had some mimosas, cinnamon rolls and an egg and sausage casserole.  It was all delicious.  Later in the afternoon we did a Yankee swap gift exchange.  There wasn’t a lot of stealing of gifts, but I ended up with 3 boxes of Jello pudding…yum!  For dinner we had pulled pork sandwiches, scalloped potatoes, baked beans and coleslaw.  Throughout the day all the volunteers would disappear at one point or another to go Skype with their families.

It was a great day spent with some great people, and next year I get to be home in Washington for Christmas!!

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O zi buna!


Author: Mary O

Hi, I'm Mary. I am orignally from Spokane Wash., where I lived for 20 years of my life. I went to school in Bellingham Wash, at Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In June 2011, I moved to Moldova for the Peace Corps. In the Peace Corps, I am an Agribusiness and Rural Development Volunteer, and live in a town called Riscani, which is about 3 hours northwest of the capital city. I love Moldova, but there are somedays where I really miss all my friends and family in the States! Email me if you have more questions!

3 thoughts on “Christmas of the North

  1. The green and red whoopie pies were a special treat. But the cinnamin buns were just like home in Wisconsin. I’m lovin it.

  2. I am so happy that you have such a wonderful group of friends to celebrate these holidays with. Love You! Mom

  3. All the other PC volunteers are lucky to have you around to make them some delicious treats! 🙂 Miss you!

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