Alright, I know that it is a little early but this will become a pretty important matter later. Due to various sircumstances at home, I have not begun fasting yet(don't judge me
) but eventually, it will happen. Unfortunately the scandinavian countries have the incredibly annoying tradition to celebrate christmas on the 24th of december and not on the 25th as in other countries. This means that families will gather on the evening after the afternoon church service(yes, danes still go to church on christmas). Since the orthodox church celebrates christmas on the night between those two days I will not be able to celebrate christmas with my family.
Also, it is a proud tradition during december to hold family christmas dinners, a tradition which is very convenient due to my countries dark winter days. And here I am talking about REALLY big dinners,
This will make it very difficult for me to fast during the month since these dinners are very important, at least in my family and it would be very rude not to eat anything. I once heard a norwegian priest say that you should eat a little bit of food when you visit people so as not to insult the hosts.
What do you think I should do?