The Republic of Cyprus is predominantly Greek Orthodox and they celebrate the birth of Christ on the 25th December like all Christians around the world. The Russian Orthodox, who take their calendar from the Julian calendar celebrate on the 6th January. Although most Cypriots are very traditional, they have not remained untouched by the commercial side of Christmas and this is evident in stores and in all walks of lives. Traditionally gifts are exchanged on the 1st of January which is the feast day of Agios Vasilios, or St Vasilios. A Christmas tree is usually erected in homes at the beginning of December and only taken down after the Epiphany on the 6th January. The streets in all large cities are decorated with Christmas lights and there are many events planned around the holidays which include carol singing and other celebrations. For those who prefer to be in a winter wonderland, the Troodos Mountains have magical accommodation in hotels and agro tourism cottages that you can rent and enjoy the festivities in the snow covered areas of Platres, Pedhoulas, Agros and Kalopanayiotis. You can spend the days skiing and enjoying winter sports and the nights around a fireplace taking in the delicious authentic Cypriot cuisine.