It is easy to celebrate Christmas from Thanksgiving to the 25th. But what about after the wrapping paper is picked up from the floor, our Santa bellies from Christmas dinners are burnt off, and the Christmas music fades from the malls and radio waves? We as Catholics believe Christmas last longer than the first 25 days of December! The liturgical Christmas season is over on January 8th with the Baptism of our Lord!
Here are 5 ways you and your family can continue the Christmas celebrations!
1) Keep all your Christmas decorations, lights, and tree up. You put all the effort into putting them up, enjoy another week of it!
2) Try saving one gift to open January 6th on the feast of the Epiphany. This feast day was when Jesus received the gifts from the magi.
3) Speaking of Epiphany a great idea is to slowly move the magi from one place in your house towards your nativity set! Start on December 25th and everyday when your family prays move the magi closer towards the manger. This is a great way for your children to count when they can open that last gift.
4) Keep playing the Christmas tunes! If you're like my brother you've been listening to it since July anyways. Why not another couple weeks? You can keep eating those Christmas cookies too!
5) Try doing a some act of service during the season!
Here a couple ways to live the Christmas season out. Merry Christmas!
St. Helen Parish
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