“And I keep my Christmas lights on, on my porch all year round / and I know every word in every Charlie Daniels song …”
While Gretchen Wilson probably wasn’t (hopefully?) Not literal in the lyrics to her Grammy-winning single in 2004 Redneck woman, she’s actually right. There is nothing wrong with keeping Christmas decorations on longer than December and keeping the Christmas spirit beyond December 25.
But how many days is Christmas? When should you finally remove those porch lights or remove the tree? Read on to discover some of the arguments for and against commonly agreed-upon end-of-Christmas dates.
Christmas is a day
This, of course, is the simplest answer. Christmas is typically celebrated on December 25 for most countries around the world, and January 7 for churches using the Julian calendar, and January 6 for another, considerably smaller part of the world. On this day, the liturgy celebrated is the âFeast of the Nativity of Our Lordâ. Priests wear white clothes on Christmas, which is different from the purple they wear on Advent.
So this is it. Christmas is a day, either at the end of December or the first week of January.
Where is it?
Christmas is eight days
There is also an argument to be made that Christmas lasts eight crazy nights out of eight days. The Church views Christmas as an octave or an eight-day celebration. The Christmas octave begins on the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and ends on January 1 in the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
During the eight days of Christmas, the clergy wear white, except during St. Stephen’s Day and the Feast of the Holy Innocents, where they wear red.
In the liturgical sense, Christmas lasts eight days.
But wait, there is myrrh!
Christmas is 12 days
We have all heard the Christmas carol âTwelve Days of Christmasâ. While it’s not clear why someone would give someone 23 separate birds, a pear tree, and the services of 50 people over a 12-day period, there is in fact a liturgical precedent to claim that Christmas lasts 12 days. .
Twelve days after Christmas is the feast of the Epiphany. This day marks the time when the wise men came to Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and gave Jesus the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
In the Latin rite of the Catholic Church, the Epiphany celebrates the revelation that Jesus was the Son of God. He focuses mainly on this revelation to the Three Kings, but also on his baptism in the Jordan River and at the wedding feast at Cana.
In the Eastern rites of the Catholic Church, the theophany – as the epiphany is known in the East – commemorates the manifestation of the divinity of Jesus during his baptism in the Jordan River.
But here’s where it gets a little confusing: While the traditional holiday date is January 6, in the United States, the celebration of Epiphany is moved to the Second Sunday after Christmas in the Novus Ordo.
During the 12 days of Christmas, the clergy wear white, except during St. Stephen’s Day and the Feast of the Holy Innocents, where they wear red.
So the. From the liturgical calendar, we can say that Christmas is also 12 days.
Christmas ends January 13
In the antique usus of the Roman rite, according to the general headings of the Roman Breviary, “Christmas” includes both “the Christmas season” – the 12 days seen earlier – and “the season of Epiphany” – the eight days of Epiphany January 6 at the commemoration of the Baptism of the Lord on January 13.
And what is now called the season of Epiphany was, until 1955, observed as the Octave of Epiphany.
What do the American bishops say?
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Christmas liturgical season ends with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord.
The baptism of Christ, which the USCCB claims to be the end of Christmas, is celebrated on the first Sunday after January 6 in the Novus Ordo.
After the baptism of Christ, the clergy must wear the green garments of ordinary time.
What about other customs?
Christmas is from the day after Thanksgiving until January 15th.
In the eyes of my condominium association, that is to say.
While most places do not have a fixed date like my resort, it is not uncommon for areas to have secular or religious traditions centered around Christmas decorations.
For example, in Colorado, it’s supposedly customary to keep Christmas lights on until after the National Western Stock Show, which runs until the third week of January.
In areas of the world that don’t observe Thanksgiving in November, Christmas markets open around the second week of November, kicking off the holiday season.
In these cases, Christmas is synonymous with “the beginning of winter”. Ish.
In the liturgical calendar, the clergy wear purple and pink garments during Advent, followed by the white and red of the Christmas Octave.
Does the Christmas party always have to start in winter?
Here’s who’s watching you, Southern Hemisphere.
Christmas runs from mid-October until after the first week of January
This is only true if you are decorating a Disney theme park.
There is no liturgical or traditional basis for this chronology. However, the decorations are nice, the atmosphere is festive, and I will not complain about it.
What is the last possible concrete day of Christmas?
Christmas is until Candlemas
We are talking now.
Candlemas, or the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, is February 2. On this day, many Catholics bring candles to church to be blessed. They can then light these candles at home during prayer or difficult times as a symbol of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.
Candlemas is the last day when the Alma Redemptoris Mater is the Marian antiphon annexed to the hours of the Divine Office. The Alma Redemptoris Mater is used from the beginning of Advent until February 2, and Candlemas is therefore associated with the end of the Christmas season.
Candlemas are still observed with public Christmas celebrations around the world, including Peru, Puerto Rico, France, and Belgium.
On the other hand, Septuagint Sunday – which is certainly not part of Christmas – is known to fall before February 2, denying the “Christmas is until Candlemas” holiday.
Is that all, by the way?
If there is love in your heart and mind, you will feel like Christmas all the time
Now you just sing the lyrics to Faith Hill’s Where are you christmas.
To be clear, this song is a bop, but it’s not exactly relevant to this discussion. Using this line is an excuse, albeit a very creative one, as to why there is still a wreath on your doorstep in June. At this point, you are well into ordinary time and it is time to put the decorations away.
There should be love in your heart and mind at all times, however, for you are a child of God and loved by your creator.
So when does Christmas end? When should the decorations fall?
Much of it is a personal call, based on your own traditions, customs, and other factors. For safety reasons, CNA recommends that you chop down your tree as soon as it starts to lose a ton of pine needles, but other than that there is an argument to leave things in place until. February 2. Of course, your neighbors may disagree, but it’s a them problem, not one you problem.