As Orthodox Christians in central and eastern Europe, along with other parts of the world, celebrate Christmas on January 7 it is our delight to wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas Day.

The day is a time of reflection and healing in many eastern European countries, but it is also a day for feasting and enjoying time with family and friends. Christmas Day dinner may include delicious meat and a variety of pastries. One traditional Russian Christmas dish is baked goose with apples. The Christmas dates around January 7 can vary among some churches, with the nation of Armenia, for example, celebrating on January 6.