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How many days is Orthodox Christmas?
« on: December 23, 2016, 07:43:48 PM »
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Well, Christmas is almost here (on the New Calendar, anyway), so we’re planning out how many days of ham we’re going to be eating, right? Or perhaps it’s several days of turkey leftovers. You’ve got to be able to cover every day of Christmas so that we’re not just singing Christmas but also eating it for the whole festal period.

But we have a problem. How many days do we have to cover? Just how many days are there in Orthodox Christmas, anyway? We will have been fasting for 40 days, so what do we get on the other end?


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Re: How many days is Orthodox Christmas?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2016, 07:55:24 PM »
My Christmas spirit was always from 23/12 (my sisters' birthday) to 26/12 (when we gather in family to eat what's left from Christmas, as it's custom). Now I think it'll become one with New Year Spirit and linger until Julian Christmas. 16 days of Christmas spirit FTW.  :)
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Re: How many days is Orthodox Christmas?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2016, 07:59:59 PM »
12?

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Re: How many days is Orthodox Christmas?
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2016, 08:01:27 PM »
Don't we celebrate the biggest feasts for eight days?
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Re: How many days is Orthodox Christmas?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2016, 08:41:38 PM »
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Re: How many days is Orthodox Christmas?
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2016, 08:46:49 PM »
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Re: How many days is Orthodox Christmas?
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2016, 05:49:06 PM »
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Re: How many days is Orthodox Christmas?
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2016, 06:09:24 PM »
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Re: How many days is Orthodox Christmas?
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2016, 07:34:39 PM »

Christmas celebrations stretch from the Nativity through Theophany.

...all decorations must be down and last carols sung before the start of Great Lent (which some years is very close behind).
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Re: How many days is Orthodox Christmas?
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2017, 02:51:00 PM »
[Something like our version of the rules of cricket :)]

Well, Christmas is almost here (on the New Calendar, anyway), so we’re planning out how many days of ham we’re going to be eating, right? Or perhaps it’s several days of turkey leftovers. You’ve got to be able to cover every day of Christmas so that we’re not just singing Christmas but also eating it for the whole festal period.

But we have a problem. How many days do we have to cover? Just how many days are there in Orthodox Christmas, anyway? We will have been fasting for 40 days, so what do we get on the other end?


https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/roadsfromemmaus/2016/12/23/days-orthodox-christmas/
12 days of course. Ever heard the 12 days of Christmas song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LywYqrY5Ieg? The real 12 days of Christmas start on December 25 or 26, depending on a specific church denomination and end on January 5 or 6, again depending on a specific church denomination. Most people think the 12 days of Christmas end on Christmas Day and start on December 14, which is the commercial 12 days of Christmas. If you happen to go to an Orthodox parish that follows the Old Julian Calendar, then the 12 days of Christmas start either tomorrow, January 7 or January 8 and end on either January 18 or 19. To keep it simple, in Orthodox terms, the Christmas season starts on or the day after the Nativity (Christmas Day) and ends on the Epiphany.
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