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St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church

Today I will share few pictures of the beautiful Christmas decorations in my church; St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware.  It is an Eastern Rite church, with rich Ukrainian culture and beautifully sang liturgy.

We follow the Julian calendar, hence Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25th.  However, Christmas Eve is very special in Ukrainian culture, as well as in Polish culture, as at the sight of the first star the Christmas celebration begins with a 12 course meatless supper, followed by a midnight Liturgy to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Saint Nicholas – Ukrainian Tradition

While most children are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the big, jolly fellow in a red suit, who sneaks into their houses through the chimney with presents for everyone, or at least this is how the legend has it, Ukrainian children get their small gifts on December 6th, from Saint Nicholas.