As we enter the final hour of 2013, the family is sitting down to a traditional Russian small feast of delicacies and vodka (for those old enough to imbibe). Champagne waits patiently to be opened in an hour's time.
The kids have napped and been awoken and permitted to stay up to greet the New Year, and they'll get some New Year's presents as well.
In this last hour of December we can say goodbye to the old year and both the good and bad that it contained and look forward to the next.
The title of this post comes from the song title, "Последний час декабря" (Last Hour of December) from one of Natasha's favorite bands - Secret, a rock band she listened to growing up in Moscow back when it was still the Soviet Union.
May you all have a healthier, happier, and more prosperous year in 2014!
Happy New Year!