Eastern Orthodox Christmas
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Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth on December 25. Still, the Eastern Orthodox use the Julian Calendar, and the Western churches use the Gregorian Calendar. Because of the thirteen-day difference between the two calendars, the Eastern Orthodox Christmas falls on January 7 in the Gregorian (Western) calendar.
Although Jesus Christ’s exact date of birth is unknown, it is documented in the Christian Scriptures (the Bible), Matthew chapters 1-2, and Luke chapters 1-2, that it occurred in the late 1st century B.C. in Bethlehem. Christians believe the conception and birth of Jesus are how the Son of God became a human.