At the first family home evening of the year we decided to participate in this activity, even though it is traditionally a New Year's Eve activity. We had three visiting YSA from Moscow, who came to the temple for the week and also participated in various activities with the Finnish YSA.
|Sasha (on the left) is not sure what to think of her pouring, which ominously looks like a striking cobra! Masha is happier with hers, although I'm not sure what it reflects. These were two of our visitors from Moscow.|
|Elina got a tiara, which definitely promises good things for the coming year.|
|Kari's pistol would get him expelled from kindergarten in the U.S. particularly if he used it to attach another student. Hopefully, this is a symbol of security and protection, and not an omen of other things to come.|
|Marianne's pouring was one of the most interesting. From this angle it looks like a fish, when held upright like a mushroom, and still different things from other angles. Looks like it will be a productive year for her.|
|Samu's pouring is also interesting. Is it the Greek letter gamma, or carpenter's square signifying a construction project.|
We also started an English institute class which Anne and I will teach, if we can get students to attend regularly. There are about 20 of our YSA that don't speak Finnish fluently and so do not usually attend institute. We are hoping to help get them more involved by offering this class. We were planning to start the second week in January, but our Russian sisters wanted to come so we held the first one a week early.