Western Diocese in Burbank.
More than 800 people, including Armenian American children from
public and private schools in Burbank and Glendale and their
families, attended the event. The Armenian observation of Christmas
is Jan. 6.
"I like hearing the story of Jesus," said Lilith, 9. "If you don't
know it, you can tell the story of what happened. But I also like
Christmas because I like being with family and you get to eat and
The church stage was decorated as a manger scene, and many student
performers dressed in angel costumes for the performance.
Students sang Christmas hymns such as "Silent Night," "Angels We
Have Heard on High" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
"I like this time of year," said Sosi Bournazian, a fifth-grader
at Columbus Elementary School in Glendale. "You remember how Christ
was born, and it's your religion, so you should know it. It's also a
time to share, and everyone's happy and families get together to have
a good time."
All Christians, at Christmas time, should think of themselves as
agents of change, said Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, primate of the
"We should all listen to the messages of the Lord, and recognize
that we can be instruments of change, love and also miracles,"
Derderian said. "Today, we are giving children the spirit that they
can live with God and follow his messages, to live a Christ-like