Incense, candles, fir, and great costumes are part of the Orthodox Christmas.
I have been toying with the idea of choosing to observe Christmas on the Greek Orthodox day of Jesus birth, January 7th.
The Eastern Orthodox Church is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, which was established by Jesus Christ and his Apostles.
The Roman Catholic Church began in 1054 AD.
Protestantism came into existence during the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, when it split from the Roman Catholic Church. The Orthodox Church is the only Christian religion that dates back to Jesus. The others came along at least a thousand years later.
To be a real Christian, I would have to be a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
This would have have some definite advantages;
It's the genuine, original church of Jesus Christ, so I would stand a better chance of going to Heaven than being a member in one of the Johnny come lately churches.
The Orthodox Masses are still conducted in a spooky language giving them that authentic ambiance and solemnity that is missing in the later imitations.
The Bible is printed as it was originally written. No confusion in translation. (I would just have to learn to read ancient Greek.)
The Bishops wear really cool hats.
Christmas on January 7, or 6 (Armenian).
It all became clear to me when I went to the store around 7:00 PM last night. There was very little traffic compared to last month. The stores were not crowded. There was plenty of up close parking everywhere, and prices were at least 1/2 of what they were for the December Christmas.
Travel is much easier in January, and I can choose when I want to hear Christmas music.
Last minute gifts can be purchased at any store, just minutes before giving.
Mediterranean food is healthy.
I might get Christmas cards mailed on time.
Is there a downside to this?
Today's Relatively Appropriate Song;
Prince Of Peace