For the Armenian Orthodox, Christmas
is five days away. The faithful decorate their homes and prepare for one of the most joyous days of the year.
From the article:
Until the 4th Century, Christians worldwide celebrated Christ's birth Jan. 6. The Roman Catholic Church changed the birthdate to Dec. 25 to override a pagan festival dedicated to the birth of the sun. The Armenian Church and several others under the Eastern Orthodox umbrella still celebrate the birth and the baptism on the Jan. 6, (Rev. Daron) Stepanian said.