Wrangell Sentinel -

The Way We Were


December 21, 1916:

Alaska is the only place over which the American flag flies where two Christmas days are celebrated. This applies

especially to the Alaskan

peninsula and adjoining islands, where many of the natives belong to the Russian church with her Julian

calendar. It is only since the coming of the American public school and mission that the “American Christmas” has been introduced in those parts. According to the Julian calendar Christmas, Dec. 25, falls on the day that is Jan. 7 in the calendar elsewhere. According to the Russian church in Alaska, Christmas begins at 2 o...

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