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The Julian calendar was revised in 1923 and this version is more in line with the Gregorian calendar.
Meanwhile, a gradual process of estrangement took place between the four Eastern Patriarchates and the Latin Church of Rome, culminating with the Great Schism in the 11th century, in which Orthodoxy and the Latin Church (later called the Roman Catholic Church) separated from each other.
In the Late Middle Ages, the Fall of Constantinople brought a large part of the world's Orthodox Christians under Ottoman Turkish rule.
According to the Orthodox Church in America, many Americans of Orthodox Christian faith celebrate Christmas according to the revised Julian calendar. White cloth is used on dinner tables in some countries to symbolize purity and the cloth that baby Jesus was wrapped in.
For many Orthodox Christians, Christmas Day is not about presents, eggnog or Christmas characters that have become popular through commercialization. Straw may be placed on these tables to symbolize the simplicity of the place where Jesus was born.
Many Orthodox Christians in the United States celebrate Christmas Day on or near January 7 in the Gregorian calendar.