In my personal email on the morning of the 26th were no less than 10 messages for "After Christmas Sales." After Christmas? The true season of Christmas began on December 25th. It didn't end on that day. Unfortunately, merchants, retailers, and society in general have pushed the "holiday season" up so much that what is really Advent, the period of preparation before Christmas, has been transformed into a Christmas season of shopping, holiday parties, and gift-giving, that seems to begin earlier every year.
What if those of us trying to grow faith-filled kids set things right within our own homes by separating from the herd, making the month before Christmas a time of preparing our hearts and minds, and then actually making Christmas celebrations start on. . . well, Christmas?
The true gift of Christmas is Christ our Savior. As we work together to grow faith-filled kids, we can't forget to make this fact the most important, most prevalent thought in the minds of our children. Let's make an effort to make the "Christmas Season" continue from Christmas Mass up to the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th. Here are some resources to help:
And so . . . Merry Christmas! The season has just begun! May God bless you and your children as you seek The face of the Christ child during this season of His birth!
As always, I welcome your comments, particularly the ways you and your family celebrate the Church's season of Christmas.