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Orthodox Christians Celebrate Little Christmas

Although the holiday season is over for most of us, there are some who are celebrating a major holiday Tuesday.
 
Tuesday was recognized by many Orthodox Christians as Christmas, also known as "Little Christmas".

The reason for the seemingly late celebration is that the Orthodox Church uses the Julian calendar, while most of the world adopted the Gregorian calendar in the 1500s.

Those celebrating the holiday two weeks later said it doesn't make Orthodox Christmas any less exciting or meaningful.

"Christmas is the big day. And we celebrate it on January 7th. The 6th is Christmas Eve. It's been that way for many many years," said Michael Wesko, President of St. Mary's Church in Endicott.

For many, Christmas Eve is spent with family and having a big feast.  On Christmas Day, children can expect presents from Saint Nicholas.

The Christmas Day services at St. Mary's used to be done in Slovak, but have since been changed to English.


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