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Russian Orthodox Christmas, London, 2017

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Visited the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God, Ennismore Gardens, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, at about 4 p.m. on 8 January 2017, the day after their Christmas Day.

Two ‘standard’ Christmas trees stood outside the entrance to the church.  The predominant colours within were green and white, the green from conifers, and the white from white-sprayed asparagus fern (Asparagus plumosus) and a variety of white flowers, the most conspicuous of which were lilies (Lilium sp.), roses (Rosa cv.) and chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum cv.).   Christmas trees on either side of the iconostasis were decorated only with the white-sprayed asparagus fern.  Above the icons in the nave were placed arrangements of conifer twigs, more asparagus fern, and a variety of white flowers.

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