The Continued Celebration
We’re still celebrating Christmas! Hopefully you haven’t taken your tree or lights down. Christmas isn’t just one day. It’s an entire season on the liturgical calendar. It ends with the Epiphany, when the Magi visited Jesus, which is a part of the 12 days of Christmas (it’s not just a song). We’ll celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany on January 8th this year, a Sunday (the bishops do this so you don’t have to go to Mass an extra day).
Christmas is celebrated for more than just one day because this was a major event in our faith and in the history of the world. Easter is the pivotal moment in salvation history because it was then that Jesus (through His death) tore the veil that shielded us from heaven, but that would not be possible without His birth. Everything changed the night He was born and in those days that followed. It’s not over yet!