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When Is Christmas Celebrated                                                                                   17

                When Christmas is


          Many people think Christmas is on December
          the 25th and that's all there is to Christmas.
          However, for many people around the world, in
          different countries and in different Christian
          traditions, Christmas lasts for a lot longer than
          that - and it's even celebrated at different times!

          When Christmas is Celebrated

          Although December 25th is the date when most
          people celebrate Christmas, there are some
          other dates as well!
                 Some churches (mainly Orthodox
          churches) use a different calendars for their
          religious celebrations. Orthodox Churches in
          Russia, Serbia, Jerusalem, Ukraine, Ethiopia
          and other countries use the old 'Julian' calendar
          and people in those churches celebrate
          Christmas on January 7th.
                 Most people in the Greek Orthodox        Candlemas - The End of Christmas                                  and joy.
          Church celebrate Christmas on December 25th.                                                              Have a Merry Christmas.
          But some still use the Julian calendar and so   You might think that Christmas ends when you
          celebrate Christmas on 7th January! Some        take the Christmas Decorations down - but it       May the Christmas seasonfill your home
          Greek Catholics also celebrate on January 7th.  doesn't! After both Christmas and the season of   with joy,your heart with love and your life
                 In Armenia,  the Apostolic  Church       Epiphany, the end of the Christmas celebrations                 with laughter.
          celebrates Christmas on January 6th. It also    come on February 2nd, 40 days after Christmas,
          celebrates 'Epiphany' on this day.              with Candlemas.                                  May the peace and blessings of Christmas be
                                                                 Candlemas, also known as the                                yours;
          Advent - The Time Before Christmas              'Presentation of Jesus at the  Temple' or the      And may the coming year be filled with
                                                          'Feast of the Purification of the  Virgin (or                    happiness.
          Before Christmas, many Christians use the time  Mary)' is the when some Christians remember
          of Advent to prepare themselves and get ready   the time when Mary and Joseph took the baby      With all Good Wishes for Christmas and the
          to celebrate the joy of Christmas, when         Jesus to the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem to give                  New Year.
          Christians celebrate of the birth of Jesus, who  thanks to God for giving them a son.
          they believe is the Son of God.                        It's a very important day in some                      The gift of love.
                 Advent is normally a period of four      Orthodox and Catholic churches.                               The gift of peace.
          Sundays and weeks before Christmas. In many            The name Candlemas comes from                        The gift of happiness.
          Orthodox and Eastern Catholics Churches         'Candle Mass' because in many Candlemas              May all these be yours at Christmas.
          Advent lasts for 40 days, starting on November  services, the candles are blessed to be used in
          15th.                                           churches during the coming year or are given           A wish for peace and happiness
                 In Orthodox Churches which celebrate     out to people for them to use in their homes and  at Christmas and throughout the New Year.
          Christmas on 7th January, Advent start on 28th  private prayers.
          November!                                              In many Catholic churches, it's a time     As you relish the goodies, decorate every
                 During Advent many people fast (don't    when people remember and renew promises          nook and corner of your home and enjoy the
          eat certain foods). The types of food people give  they've made to the church and celebrate some               get-togethers...
          up depends on their church tradition and where  of the prophesies which were given about Jesus.     May the joy and festivities continue to
          in the world they live.                                In many Eastern/Orthodox churches, an     radiate in your lives, long after Christmas is
                                                          all night vigil is held on the night before the                    gone.
          After Christmas - The 12 Days of Christmas      candle blessing ceremony. In the morning, the        Merry Christmas!Happy New Year!
          and Epiphany                                    candles are blessed and are given out to people.
                                                                                                                      Christmas Greetings!
          After   Advent,    traditionally,  Christmas       Favorite Christmas Card                        With many good wishes for Christmas and
          celebrations (and often a feast!) started on           Messages & Wishes                                      the coming year.
          Christmas Day and lasted for 12 Days - so they
          were known as The 12 Days of Christmas! The                                                       Peace, good will and happiness for you at
          celebrations finished on the evening of 5th      May this Christmas end the present year on a              Christmas and always.
          January, which is better known as  Twelfth        cheerful note and make way for a fresh and
          Night.                                                        bright New Year.                   May the peace and joy of Christmas be with
                 Throughout history, the 12 Days of        Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a        you today and throughout the New Year.
          Christmas were a time of feasting and fun.                    Happy New Year!
                 Following  Twelfth Night, on 6th                                                           May the peace and joy of Christmas live in
          January, is Epiphany, when people remember         May the good times and treasures of the                your heart all year long. []
          the Wise Men (also sometimes called the Three      present become the golden memories of
          Kings) who visited Jesus when he was a baby;                     tomorrow.                         Craig West here, the producer of
          and the Baptism of Jesus when he was an adult.   Wishing you lots of love, joy and happiness.
                 Epiphany/Twelfth Night is also the time                Merry Christmas!                   The ‘X’ Zone Radio Show with Rob
          when it was traditional to take your Christmas                                                    McConnell, to each and everyone
          decorations down - although some people leave   May your Christmas sparkle with moments of        out there, MERRY CHRISTMAS
          them up until Candlemas.                                 love, laughter and goodwill,                  and HAPPY NEW YEAR.
                                                          And may the year ahead be full of contentment
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