Family Christmas for the Orthodox

The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord is not just a one-day event, but an extended celebration spread out over many days (indeed, months!). We begin with a period of preparation – extending for 40 days – followed by the Nativity and the “Twelve days of Christmas”, followed by the great feast of Epiphany. Before, during and after this time there are a number of other feasts: * St Nicholas is commemorated on 6 December. He was an Orthodox bishop in the city of Lycea on the coast of …

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