Steve and I wish all Socon or Bust readers a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
While things are getting darker, there are also rays of hope piercing the darkness. We can’t lose hope. That’s what this Christmas season teaches us.
And remember, Christmas begins on Christmas eve. It does not start and end on one day. We need to kick out Secular Santa and bring back the feast of St. Nicholas (celebrated Dec. 6), and put Christmas in its proper place.
Christmas: December 25th through The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
The Christmas season begins with the celebration of the birth of Jesus, Christmas day, or as a vigil on Christmas Eve. The Feast of Christmas lasts 12 days, until Epiphany. However, the time from Epiphany until the Baptism of the Lord is also included in the Christmas season. Traditionally, Epiphany had been fixed to January 6th, and the Baptism celebrated on the octave of Epiphany, which was January 13th. In most countries, the Epiphany is now celebrated on the Sunday closest to January 6th, and the Baptism celebrated the following Sunday. The Christmas season is a time of rejoicing in the Incarnation.
The liturgical color of Christmas is white. (Source)
Merry Christmas everyone!