The church season of Christmas
Merry Christmas! During Advent we anticipated our Lord’s coming; at Christmas we celebrate the fact that he has come. The season of Christmas lasts 12 days (the ‘twelve days of Christmas’), from Dec 25 through Jan 5 (not beginning some time in November with Christmas music and decorations in the stores and ending on Christmas).
God is now with us; he became a human being, born as a baby to the Virgin Mary. Our Lord’s incarnation (becoming flesh) begins the whole story of our salvation, and changes the way we see God and ourselves, other people and the whole world around us.
While retail stores have already put all their Christmas decorations and candy on clearance, Christians continue their celebration of Christmas. Since it is still Christmas, the Advent wreath may remain if you have one with all five candles lit. The Christmas tree and nativity set can also stay set up.