As the snow was falling, we were busy both inside and outside our beautiful church preparing to celebrate the eve of the Nativity of our Lord.  Our celebration on this day began early with much preparation in advance and with the intention in mind to worship as a community with all of us together on the Eve of the Nativity.  
 
Throughout the week our Kolo was busy preparing our food for our evening feast following church services and decorating our hall.   Additionally, we prepared our grounds and our courtyard in front of the church to burn our badnjak for our evening outdoor celebration.
 
We began at 6 pm with a vespers service led by our own V. Rev. Fr. George Veselinovic with responses sung by our eloquent St. Nicholas choir directed by Ms. Janice Smargie.  The large crowd that evening was honored to have with us our 2 local affiliates, Pittsburgh's own WPXI Channel 11 News along with reporters from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Scenes from both inside and outside our church were recognized on the11 pm news that evening along with photos and an article in the Sundaymorning paper.  A procession outside at the end of vespers was held as Fr. George blessed the badnjak and the tree was placed on the fire during our Christmas Eve celebration.  Immediately following our outdoor blessing the entire community went back into the church to conclude the service and the blessing of small badnjak's was held along with all those in attendance were blessed with Holy Oil.
 
At the conclusion of services, we proceeded to our church hall where a delicious menu was prepared by the Kolo.  For several hours we all enjoyed each other's company on Badnje Vece looking forward to tomorrow to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
 
We would like to thank Denny Z., Sam B., Andy K.and Ray T.,who prepared our Bandjak for the evening.  Special appreciation for all of their hard work in preparing a delicious meal was our Kolo at St. Nicholas and to our Men's club for their assistance providing refreshments.