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Learning resources available at OCN draw on the wealth of Orthodox Christian teaching and the wonderful creative people who bring this treasure to schools and families around the country. We’ll be sharing special activities for fasts and feast days, ideas for church school and youth groups, and home school resources. Visit often to find new posts.

Psenica: A Serbian Christmas Custom

On the feastday of St Nicholas, which occurs on December 19th in the Old Calendar, wheat grains (žito) are planted in a small bowl or plate for this Serbian…

Dec 19, 2014

Christmas Bread with Figs

This is another version of the Christopsomo. From the region of Macedonia, Northern Greece, this bread contains figs, symbolic of prosperity, wealth, and…

Dec 18, 2014

Sesame Baklava

Baking sesame baklava (Μπακλαβάς Σουσαμένιος) on Christmas Eve is an old custom in Thrace and other parts of Greece. Sesame was once…

Dec 18, 2014

Honigkuchen: An Orthodox Variation on a German Custom

The Honigkuchen is a German biscuit or cake traditionally baked at Pascha and Christmas. It is customary to give these cakes to friends and family as part…

Dec 17, 2014

Christopsomo: Christ-bread

An old Greek tradition, this bread is baked on Christmas Eve and eaten on Christmas Day. Baking this bread bestows a great blessing upon the family. The…

Dec 15, 2014

Assurè, Noah’s Pudding

For the Greek Christians of Asia Minor, Assurè (Grk: Assurè / Arb: Ashure) was made on Christmas Eve as an offering to Christ and Panagia. These refugees…

Dec 12, 2014

Craciunel

Craciunels are braided breads with knots made to celebrate Christmas. They are given to family and friends, symbolising the spirit of giving at Christmas….

Dec 10, 2014

Cyril and Methodius

Among the best known saints in the Orthodox calendar are the brothers Cyril and Methodius, who are remembered for devising the Cyrillic alphabet and thus…

Dec 09, 2014

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos: Christmas’ Deeper Meaning (Part I)

Every time we stand before the Lord either in prayer or in celebration in Church of an event from the life of Christ, or we are in any other way experiencing…

Dec 06, 2014

December 6th Onward: Karavaki – Christmas Boats

As St Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors and the Greek navy – as well as students, merchants, pawnbrokers, and children – an old custom which…

Dec 05, 2014

December 6: Saint Nicholas Traditions

During the Advent period, a great saint of the Church is celebrated – Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, and he is commemorated…

Dec 04, 2014

Nativity Fast: Pettuli – Greek

From the region of Taranto, Greece, these golden fried pieces of dough are traditionally eaten during the fasting-Christmas period. The folklore is they…

Dec 03, 2014
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