I always called January 7 “Orthodox Christmas,” but I think that this is wrong since all Orthodox countries are on the Gregorian calendar. On the Julian calendar, this would be Christmas Day. As time goes on and the time difference between the calendars increases, Old Christmas will fall later and later in January.
Old Christmas marks the end of the holiday season for me. The season starts on Thanksgiving and ends on January 7. I don’t care what you believe or if you believe in anything: just enjoy the lights, the colors, the sights. We have survived another year, and that in itself is cause to celebrate. I know with all the commercialism and insanity that sometimes it can ruin the season for people. Find your own way to celebrate and to hell with what the world is doing!
I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season, and let’s hope that 2014 brings prosperity and happiness–and responsible government.