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Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2004 07:08:47 EST
Saturday, December 25, 2004
(http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/) Just when is Christmas Day,
people ask? Is it really December 25? Actually it is; but it wasn’t officially,
until sometime between the years 337 and 352 A.D. This means that the date
celebrated as the birth of Christ was not set until the time of Julius I, Bishop
of Rome. To that time, the day known as Christmas was celebrated on one of
three dates in the first 352 years of the Julian calendar: January 6, March 29
and September 29.
January 6th, the Day of Epiphany, is still considered Christmas Day to many
folks around the world; especially those who are Eastern Orthodox. Some of us
receive gifts on both days, some on January 1 -- right down the middle.
Others celebrate for days, beginning December 6, 13th, 16th or 21st and ending on