Christmas Eve and Koliada

Today is Christmas Eve by the old calendar, and is still celebrated by millions of people around the world, especially in Eastern Europe.

The 6th of January is also the date of the beginning of Koliada, an ancient Slavic winter festival that predates Christianity. The festival is now incorporated into Christmas festivities.

Koliada in the Mogilev region of Belarus at Christmastime in 1903.


Калядоўшчыкi_Горацкага_павета_,_Магілёўская_губерня,_1903гKoliada in the Mogilev region of Belarus at Christmastime in 1903. X

The festival in Lviv, Ukraine.

Парад_вуличних_вертепів_у_Львові,_початок_2010-х Winter Koliada and Ukrainian Christmas in Lviv Ukraine

On this day: a debut for Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh made his debut in London’s The Evening News in a commissioned Christmas story on the 24th of December, 1925.



This is also posted on Sonya’s Stuff.

The Christmas Truce

First World War: British and German troops meet in No-Man’s Land during the unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front. December, 1914. A series of truces occurred across battlegrounds as soldiers put down their weapons to celebrate Christmas.