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Orthodox Christian Palestinians celebrate Christmas

The Orthodox Church which uses the old Julian calendar celebrate Christmas eve, which Christmas falls 13 days after the more widespread Gregorian calendar

Orthodox Christian Palestinians celebrate Christmas
A parade of clergy including Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III arrives at the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem Orthodox Christmas celebrations which kicked off on January 6, 2013, in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ. (AFP/Getty Images)
Orthodox Christian Palestinians celebrate Christmas
Greek Orthodox clergy wait in Manger Square for the arrival of Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III to the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem to attend Orthodox Christmas celebrations which kicked off on January 6, 2013, in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ. (AFP/Getty Images)
Orthodox Christian Palestinians celebrate Christmas
A believer kisses a cross held by Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem Orthodox Christmas celebrations which kicked off on January 6, 2013, in the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ. (AFP/Getty Images)
Orthodox Christian Palestinians celebrate Christmas
A child dressed up as Santa Claus is carried through the central nave of the Church of the Nativity, accepted by Christians as the birth place of Jesus Christ, as faithful flock to the church to celebrate Christian Orthodox Christmas eve, on January 6, 2013, in the West bank town of Bethlehem. (AFP/Getty Images)
Orthodox Christian Palestinians celebrate Christmas
George, a Palestinian Christian boy, dressed up as Santa Claus, shares sweets in the Church of the Nativity, accepted by Christians as the birth place of Jesus Christ, as faithful flock to the church to celebrate Christian Orthodox Christmas eve, on January 6, 2013, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. (AFP/Getty Images)
Orthodox Christian Palestinians celebrate Christmas
A Christian woman walks with her daughter inside the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, as Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 6, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)