Christmas and New Year events were organized by the AGBU and Holy Etchmiadzin Youth Centers from December 26, 2011 to January 12, 2012, during which Youth Center students, children of freedom-fighters, socially insecure families and boarding and secondary schools received New Year presents from the Armenian Apostolic Church and His Holiness, Catholicos of All Armenians. On January 12, a joint New Year concert of all the Youth Centers’ students took place at Aram Khachatrian Hall calling on all the Armenians of the world to return to their homeland. At the end of the concert all those present received New Year gifts from His Holiness Karekin II. An intellectual game-contest dedicated to the 12th anniversary of His Holiness Karekin II’s enthronement took place on December 1st, between the children of the Youth Centers and the students of the Yerevan State University Theological department. 12 first and second year students of the YSU Theological Department and 12 Youth Center students competed. Group 1 of the YSU Theological department won with a final score of 325-299. All the participants received books as gifts, while the winners also received backpacks. A happy New Year masquerade for the younger generation of the Youth Center students took place at the Nork Youth Center on December 26-28. Also invited to the masquerade were the children of the employees of the Aragatsotn Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church. “Little Prince” was staged at the Arabkir Youth Center on December 26. Students of the Youth Centers’ choir and dance groups also participated in the performance. Among the invitees were the children of the schools of Yerevan’s Kanaker-Zeytoun district and the children of the employees of the Aragatsotn Diocese. A New Year performance entitled “The Magic Clown” was staged by YC teacher Arevik Santrosian at the Malatia Youth Center on December 27 for socially insecure children from different schools and registered at different NGOs.

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