Tuesday, December 28, 2010

How Long Does Christmas Last?

This question can be a little confusing to people. Here is an answer from Michelle Arnold via Catholic Answers:

"Traditionally, Christmas has been celebrated for twelve days from December 25 through January 5 (Twelfth Night). January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany (the celebration of the manifestation of the Christ child to the pagan magi), marked the customary end of the Christmas season. On the current liturgical calendar, the primary celebration of Christmas is an octave (eight days) starting with December 25 and ending January 1 (currently the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God; formerly celebrated as the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ and as the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus). On the liturgical calendar, the Christmas season officially ends with the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord; but, popularly speaking, Epiphany is still often considered a "closer" to Christmas celebrations. To make things even more confusing, Epiphany is a moveable celebration in the United States, transferred to the nearest Sunday."


  1. Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of christmas. See the link below for more info.


  2. Christmas day actually lasts 48 hours. The first second of Christmas day jumps the International Date line on 25 December. Twenty four hours later it
    is back at the IDL to start another day. But the follow on seconds takes another 24 hours to finish up. We count a day from day start to day start, not day start to day finish clearing all the 24 one hour time zones. This means any given day takes 48 hours to clear from start to finish all the time zones. Likewise, a week would actually clear all the time zones, from start to finish, in eight days, not seven. Don't tell your Sunday school kids this

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