Christmas Has Only Just Begun

Christmas is much more than a one-day event.

While many people are familiar with the multi-week length of liturgical seasons throughout the Christian calendar -- Ordinary Time, Advent and Lent, for example -- few realize that Christmas is not just the celebration of the Nativity on Dec. 25 each year. Christmas is a full liturgical season that spans from Christmas Eve through Epiphany and ends, at least in the Roman Catholic Church, on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Jan. 13 this year).

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