“Go Fish” Friday on Tuesday – When is Christmas Over?


When is Christmas over?  Some start taking their Christmas decorations down the day after Christmas.  Traditionally Catholics do not take down their tree or Christmas decorations until January 7th…The day after Epiphany.  We are still celebrating Christmas!  Christmas is not over.  During Advent, we’re waiting to celebrate and getting prepared for Christ’s birth.  Christmas Day does not signal the end of the Christmas Season…it’s only the beginning!  Think about the 12 Days of Christmas song.  That song doesn’t start 12 days before Christmas, it starts on Christmas Day. Today is the fourth day of Christmas.

What does Epiphany mean? The English word is derived from the Greek epiphainein, which means “to appear” or “manifest.” The Epiphany season has to do with the Lord’s manifestation or appearance to the nations. Epiphany is the 12th day after Christmas.  It is a Feast Day that celebrates the visit of the three kings or wise men to the Christ Child signifying the extension of salvation to the Gentiles.  Epiphany falls this year on Thursday January 6, 2011.

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come peasant king to own Him,
The King of kings, salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!

Raise, raise the song on high,
The Virgin sings her lullaby:
Joy, joy, for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!


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  1. Thanks for this post! It drives me crazy how, around here anyway, Thanksgiving weekend has become “put up the tree and decorate the house and put on Christmas music” weekend. We do decorate the tree before Christmas, but I am a big believer in the “12 days of Christmas,” in other words, celebrating until Epiphany.

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