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St. Basil
A Greek carol for New Year's Day.

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"St. Basil" by Rubens. St. Basil of Caesarea, otherwise known as St. Basil the Great, died on 1 January 379. The celebration of New Year's Day in Greece (14 January n.s.) as the Feast of St. Basil involves the exchange of gifts, such as takes place on Christmas Day in the Western Church, and many of the attributes of the western Santa Claus are in Greece transferred to St. Basil
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