Happy Orthodox Christmas!

In case you didn’t know, today marks the Russian Orthodox Christmas. See pics here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/7814759.stm

The Ukrainian and I are not celebrating this year. During the 2007-2008 holiday season, we celebrated only the Western Christmas and New Year’s. This year, we added the Russian/Ukrainian style New Year’s to the mix (pics to come later).

Next year, we vow to add the Orthodox Christmas as well. The Ukrainian thinks he should give me his gifts on Western Christmas and I give his on Orthodox Christmas (we both exchange gifts on New Year’s). But I thought Orthodox Christmas only involved religious themes…no gift exchange. Does anyone else know?

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2 Responses to “Happy Orthodox Christmas!”

  1. Dr. Geek Says:

    My mother’s family was Orthodox, and they exchanged gifts on Orthodox Christmas when I was a kid. That was after several decades of Americanization though. I don’t know what they did in the Old Country.

  2. Toni Says:

    Hi, the Orthodox Christmas have religious meaning and there are not presents involved usually, but its important to have a family dinner on Christmas eve, (January 6) that should be traditional food that doesn’t involve any animal product, except fish. its more about importance of the family than gifts.
    You can give a gift on orthodox new year (January 13).


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