The interesting question is: what number is Christmas day
One of the most significant holidays of the Christian world, Christmas is still a matter of controversy and disagreement within the Church. So, what day Christmas is? Almost all Christians celebrate it on 25 December of each year. However, Orthodox Christians honor the birth of baby Jesus January 7, taking into account the so-called old style. Oddly enough, but the question in both cases is one and the same calendar day. Just Europe lives according to its calendar for many centuries, and this same method of chronology, in order to avoid possible difficulties, and moved the young Soviet state in 1917. But our Orthodox Church remained faithful to the old Gregorian calendar, and continues all their holidays to count on it.
And another branch of the Christian Church celebrates this day in their own way. Following the tradition of the ancient Eastern dioceses of the Armenian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas on 6 January, combining it with the celebration of Baptism in a single feast of the Epiphany.
Considered what day Christmas is not in the Bible nor in any of the Gospels. There is only clear and understandable answer, when it adopted a martyred Redeemer, this day is celebrated the Church's Easter. Sunday is revered as a festive day in commemoration of the Holy Resurrection.
From the beginning of the last Millennium, many Church scholars conducted research on this topic dates of Christmas. In the end, was accepted theory of Dionysius the Small, who in the year 525, coined the chronology "of Christmas". According to Hebrew tradition, the life of Christ on Earth lasted smooth the number of full years. So, counting from the date of Easter (March 25) nine months, got the date of birth of the Savior.
Meanwhile, many historians see this date the desire of the Christian Church to turn their fledgling flock from the celebration of pagan rituals. Because this day is the winter solstice, who was worshiped in many pagan religions.
Christmas is a great holiday. The light of love and forgiveness unites all Christian humanity in this sacred for a huge number of people a day. Children prepare for it and expect gifts. The tradition of giving and receiving gifts at Christmas time also came in everyday human life from the Bible. Magicians from around the world, learning about the birth of the son of God, brought him gifts. And we give presents to those people whom we love and respect. It is so nice in this festive day not only to receive but to give gifts. They do not necessarily have to cost much, you can make yourself. Yes, and a beautiful wrapper will give the simplest gifts a festive look.
Every house is filled with joy and happiness at Christmas. The number of people who are waiting for a miracle, do good deeds, increases in these holidays. And their not too worried about the Church background of the issue and a number of Christmas.
Many residents of the former Soviet Union, who consider themselves Christians, decided this question is very simple. And, not really thinking what day Christmas is celebrated twice: according to the Gregorian and the Julian style.