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the story behind old christmas

Happy Old Christmas to you! Well, actually, it was yesterday. But probably was celebrated down on Rodanthe last Saturday. Regardless, we think more Christmas is a good thing, and we loved Philip Howard’s Ocracoke Island Journal on the Village Craftsmen site about Rodanthe’s beating of their own peculiar Christmas drum.

old buck's head

John Herbert and Old Buck. Photo by Aycock Brown. David Stick Collection, Outer Banks History Center

“The small village of Rodanthe on Hatteras Island is one of a very few US communities that continue to celebrate Old Christmas, even today.

In 2015 the difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars is 13 days. Thus, Old Christmas will technically fall on Jan 7, 2015. However, the residents of Rodanthe continue to celebrate Old Christmas on January 5, or the Saturday closest. In 2015 that would be January 3, although I have not seen any news about a 2015 event.”


Read more about Old Christmas hi-jinx HERE.

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