Dr. Ed and Paul finish last week’s conversation on the secularization of Christmas and Easter.
Also discussed are how the attacks against Christmas are actually attacks against Western Civilization itself.
After finishing the call with Paul, Dr. Ed calls Dr. Matthew Raphael Johnson. Dr. Johnson, a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church, talks about traditions common to Orthodox Christians.
The conversation with Dr. Johnson begins with why Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on January 7th as opposed to December 25th, how the Gregorian calendar was adopted and why many Orthodox churches have remained on the old calendar.
Many Orthodox have resolved the date conflict by celebrating a “Santa Christmas” on December 25 and a liturgical Christmas in January.
Dr. Johnson even tells our listeners how he successfully prevents his cats from climbing and destroying the Christmas tree.