Early Christmas Customs & Practices (Online Conference)

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Call for Papers

The Orthodox Academy of Crete, Medievalists.net, and the After Constantine Journal are organizing an online conference entitled Early Christmas Customs and Practices, which will take place on Zoom on December 16, 2023, at 17:00 (Athens Time).

Early Christmas customs and practices varied across different regions and communities. Over time, these early traditions evolved and were influenced by cultural, religious, and historical factors, shaping the Christmas celebrations we know today.

This online conference intends to underline this variety of celebrations and traditions during Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages and create an ecumenical discourse around the subject.

The topics of the conference (without being limited) are:

  • The role of the church in shaping Christmas rituals
  • Nativity scenes and the portrayal of the birth of Jesus
  • Caroling and the singing of Christmas hymns
  • The development of Christmas feasting


Scholars are welcome to submit their abstracts to the journal’s email address ([email protected]) by September 1st 2023, in Word format.

You can download the Call for Papers here: DOWNLOAD