Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Eve

By Perry Russom

January 7, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 12:36 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It looks like it will be a white Christmas for the Orthodox Christians.

On Monday night, the bells were ringing outside of St. Micheal's on Clinton Street in Binghamton welcoming the birth of Jesus Christ.

"If anybody can be where we are today, you would find this just an exuberant day," said Cynthia Ellis Jones of Endwell. "It's just a beautiful glorious day for us."

Despite the snowy conditions, church members packed into mass to celebrate.

For Orthodox Christians, Jan. 6 is Christmas Eve.

The Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas 13 days after December 25, because they follow the Julian calendar.

Bette Slivka made the trip down from Buffalo to celebrate Christmas to spend time with family.

"It's number one in everything," said Slivka. "We always had big family celebrations at Christmas and now we try to get together as often as we can."

Carolers started the night by singing songs before the mass began. The children sang first, followed by the adults.

Christmas Day mass starts at the church at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.