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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over



Christmas isn't over. It just started! You may have to drag that needle-shedding tree out to the curb, but please consider keeping your outside holiday lights burning and candles burning in your windows for at least the Octave of Christmas, which ends January 1, 2006.

Even better, keep that Christmas light burning through Epiphany, the Feast of the Three Kings, on January 6th. The link has some good ideas for keeping the holiday going for the little ones (and the big ones, too).

If we want to insist on keeping Christmas alive in our secular culture, we'd be good witnesses by keeping to the timing of the liturgical calendar. Making the "Twelve Days of Christmas" an actual event in our homes is a good start.

2 comments:

TS said...

I'll leave the lights & trimmings up till Jan. 6th, though few if any will take it as honoring the liturgical calendar. They'll just take us for "WT" (i.e. white trash).

Therese Z said...

WT! I never thought of that! When I was little, some people left their Christmas things up until into spring, but we understood that they were doing it because they had a son in Viet Nam and they were waiting Christmas on him. Who knows if that was true?

Funny how we draw assumptions from what we see but not what we verify.

 

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