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Now an official holiday in Russia, Christmas is celebrated by the Russian Orthodox Church on January 7th. The resources below describe the history and traditions of this celebration. Although all of the resources are not strictly Orthodox, they provide a background of this holiday that has recently begun to be observed openly again.


  • Christmas in Russia *

    From the KIDPROJ Multi-Cultural Calendar, Olya in Ekaterinburg explains the traditions of the Orthodox Christmas celebration in Russia in two separate messages. Be sure to read both!

  • Christmas.com WorldView: Celebrating Christmas in Russia *

    Traditions of this holiday in Russia are presented along with a recipe for Nesselrode pudding.

  • Russian Orthodox Centre *

    This site is in Russian only and is the information and publishing center of the Russian Orthodox faith.

  • Russian Orthodoxy and Her Traditions *

    This site gives a brief description with several beautiful graphics of churches and icons. The site is in Russian, English, and German.

  • European Greetings *

    Say "Merry Christmas" in the many languages of Europe including Armenian, Russian, Estonian and other languages of the former Soviet Union.

  • Russian Christmas *

    A small listing of the traditions followed when celebrating Christmas in Russia.

  • Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia *

    The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia site provides a wealth of information regarding the Russian Orthodox Church abroad including its mission, history, organization, and a complete parish directory.

  • Christmas Traditions Around the World - Russia *

    A short history of Christmas in Russia and the traditions that are observed.

  • Christmas in Russia *

    From the International school in Denmark, nine year old Karina explains Christmas in Russia and provides a translation for a Russian.

  • Christmas in Russia *

    Scott, a fourth grader of Parkwood Elementary School in Missouri has done this report about traditions in Russia.

  • Please let us know of additional resources.


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