A reminder that Christmas is not yet over

An angel is depicted with the Star of Bethlehem in a window at St. Mary's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (CNS/Crosiers)

An angel is depicted with the Star of Bethlehem in a window at St. Mary's Cathedral in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (CNS/Crosiers)

Terry Mattingly, a religion expert who writes a weekly column for Scripps Howard News Service and is also a major contributor to the Get Religion blog (which is must-reading for anyone concerned about the coverage of religion in the mainstream media), gave a nice little plug in a couple places last week to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ special Advent and Christmas section on the conference’s Web site. Mattingly pointed out (and we probably all need reminders) that the Christmas season doesn’t end when the carols stop on the radio and people throw their trees to the curb. (I saw two discarded trees just this morning on my drive to work.)

Since today is only the fifth day of Christmas, and since the USCCB points out that the Christmas season doesn’t really end until the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the site is probably worth a visit each day from now until Jan. 11.

3 Responses

  1. This is very true Terry. Christmas does not end after all the gifts are opened nor after all the parties and carols are over… liturgically it ends on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Here is a nice reminder about the meaning of Christmas:



    Let us keep the spirit of Christmas going…

    A blessed New Year 2009 to all!


  2. Thanks a lot for the reminder Jim! Indeed, Christmas does not end when the gifts are already opened, nor when the carols are gone and the Christmas parties are over. Liturgically, it ends with the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord.

    To continue with the spirit of Christmas, i would like to share this as another way of understanding Christmas:


    Let us keep the Christmas spirit going… A Blessed New Year 2009!

  3. I agree that our society is always rushing things. They start what they
    call the Christmas Season shortly after Halloween, it use to be atethe
    least Thanksgiving now its Halloween. Its all because of greed.
    As Catholics we need to hang together and constantly promote
    1- Keeping Christ in CHRISTmas.
    2- Promote the maintaining of the Christmas Season from Dec. 25th
    until the Baptism of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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