|Who wouldn't want to|
eat oatmeal with daleks and a
Christmas tree? ;)
I'm sure most of you have heard the song "The 12 Days of Christmas." When I was younger, I thought that the 12 days running from December 26 to the traditional feast of the Epiphany on January 6 were the full length of the Christmas season. I continue to run into many Catholics who think this. After all, the Epiphany is a huge, climactic point at this time of year. So, I was shocked-and excited-to find out that Christmas is longer than only 12 days!!!!!!! PARTY!!!!!
So how long is Christmas? When does the liturgical season of Christmas end for us Roman Catholics here in the good ol' U.S.A.? You can find the answers over at Ignitum Today (I'll give you a hint: It involves a locust-eating man, some water, and Jesus).
Also, I want to give a small addendum-we are currently in the octave of Christmas. This means that for these 8 days-exploding in awesomeness on the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God-we celebrate the Solemnity of Christmas. Basically, it's Sunday every day-we pray the Christmas prayers in the Liturgy of the Hours, we recite the Gloria at daily Mass, and we don't fast. So party it up (in a temperate, wholesome way) for the whole Christmas season, but especially this week!