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In the United Kingdom, if Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, 26 December is correctly referred to as "Christmas Sunday", and Boxing Day moves to 27 December.
In Western Christianity, the first Sunday after Christmas is called the "First Sunday of Christmas".
In Eastern Christianity, the "Sunday After the Nativity" is a feast day commemorating King David, Saint Joseph (who is called "Joseph the Betrothed"), and James the Brother of the Lord. Special hymns for these saints are found in the Menaion, which are combined with hymns for the Feast of the Nativity, and special Epistle and Gospel readings are chanted at the Divine Liturgy. If there is no Sunday between December 25 and January 1, this feast is moved to December 26, where it is combined with the Synaxis of the Theotokos. The Saturday After Nativity also has a special Epistle and Gospel reading (though no hymns, except those of the Afterfeast). The Saturday Before Theophany has a special Epistle and Gospel reading of its own, and if both days fall on the same Saturday, both sets of readings are chanted.
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