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Jan 6, 2013 12:29 PM by Jonathan Kershaw - MTN News

Orthodox Christians celebrating Christmas

BUTTE - You may have already put away the Christmas tree and decorations but for some people across the world, Christmas has yet to begin.

One of the largest established denominations, the Orthodox Christians, still follow the Julian calendar as opposed to the almost universally adopted Gregorian calendar.

This means that for them, Christmas actually starts on Monday, and at the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Butte, there will be three days of Christmas services as well as a whole week of feasting.

"We'll probably worship for two straight solid hours, and just launch right into that," says Father Radioicich. "Then on Christmas Eve we'll have a social out here were we burn a yule log. Then on Christmas day we'll worship for another two hours, that'll be a communion service were we're joined to the Christ Child in communion."

The Gregorian calendar was adopted worldwide in 1923, because the Julian calendar would lose one day every 150 years.

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