In secular society, the Christmas season, which generally runs from Halloween to December 25th is winding down. The parties are over, the radio stations have generally stopped playing Christmas music and the trees and decorations are on their way down. Only a few traditional Catholics and Anglicans keep the old custom of putting everything up on Christmas Eve. As much as I love the holiday songs, the decorations, and other secular activities, society gets the chronology all wrong, leaving out Ordinary Time and Advent Season.
Yet, for Catholics and other liturgical Christians, the fun is just getting started. We have the 12 days of Christmas (kind of, thanks to various bishops conferences), Holy Family feast, Epiphany/ Theophany, Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, and the baptism of our Lord. And, this doesn’t include the lesser feasts of Holy Innocents, St. John, and St. Stephen. And, the Christmas festivities have traditionally lasted until Presentation of the Lord (Feb. 2nd).
So, our liturgical and holiday fun is just starting, which is actually a pretty good way to avoid the post-holiday letdown that many people experience. We get to transition back to ordinary time and it’ll be the Lenten season before we know it!