Happy "Defenders of the Fatherland" Day! It's a national holiday today, honoring the military. There are parades and fireworks, etc.
The holiday has changed, though, from its original meaning to honor all men in general -- so that men have a day similar to March 8th (International Women's Day) for all Russian women.
Our gym is having a running & swimming race for all the boys and men today; my girls are miffed that they can't participate!
It's customary to give gifts to all the men in your life today. Tomorrow there will be cakes at work for the men and I bought nice bottles of cognac for the man who drove Natalia's school van and for the man who helps out of family as a driver on a part-time basis.
I think it's so funny that Chris receives presents for defending "the fatherland"!