Christmas is not merely a one-day event but a season. And the season continues through the Twelve Days of Christmas, which end on the Feast of the Epiphany—January 6th
Yesterday was the day of the Massacre of the Holy Innocents
and today is the Presentation of the Lord, for example
|The Presentation of the Lord|
And the Word goes on and on and on
The older Church calendar, the Christmas season goes all the way through February 2nd, the Feast of Candlemas. Also called the Purification of Our Lady, or the Presentation of Our Lord, this feast commemorates the day Our Lady went to the Temple to fulfill the requirements of the Mosaic Law forty days after Our Lord’s birth.
Christmas is a season, not just a day. The Church invites us to celebrate this most glorious mystery of our redemption with weeks of rejoicing. Another happy effect of this arrangement is that we are able to observe Advent with a certain reserve, penitence, and anticipation—to use it as a true spiritual preparation for Christmas joy and festivities."
Even though the world forgets Christmas on December 26th, we are encourage to keep those decorations up and continue exulting with the angels at the coming of the Savior to earth!
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