Armenians Do Not Celebrate Christmas On December 25Th

It is frequently asked why Armenians do not celebrate Christmas on December 25th with the rest of the world. The exact date of Christ's birth has not been historically established; neither is recorded in the Gospels. However, until the fourth century, all Christian churches celebrated Christ's Birth on January 6th.

Just because you see each other every day doesn't mean you have to stop trying to make a good impression. Sadly, couples too often cease making much of an effort with each other. They stop taking time to talk and listen. They stop taking care of their physical appearances. They begin to take each other for granted. Intimacy dwindles and arguments constantly ignite. These are the consequences of familiarity and boredom taking the place of excitement.

The Church of Rome changed the date from January 6th to December 25th in the fourth century. The change was intended to subdue an ancient pagan feast celebrating the birth of the Sun on December 25th. At the time, Christians also were tempted to participate in these pagan festivities. Thus the church hierarchy decided to celebrate the Birth of Christ on December 25th and the feast of Epiphany on January 6th.

Armenia was not affected by this change for the simple fact that there were no such pagan practices in Armenia at the time and the Armenian Church was not a satellite of the Church of Rome. Remaining faithful to the tradition of their forefathers, Armenians continue to celebrate Christmas on January 6th until today.

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