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Wrapping Up Christmas...

Our guest blogger is Theresa Doyle-Nelson, a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and California State University–Fullerton. Doyle-Nelson is a wife, mom, and lover of travel who writes from the Texas hill country. To see more of Theresa’s work, visit her website:

It seems to happen year after year. The shopping is done, the decorations start to get irritating, Advent devotionals come to a close, and Christmas Day arrives. Mass is attended (thankfully by many who don’t regularly go!), presents are opened, and food is served. Then the season often slumps. Many have their trees down by December 26, and the Christmas season is pretty much finished.

Perhaps you have noticed over the years that, in the Catholic tradition, the Nativity scene and other decorations stay up for a few more weeks! The Catholic Church’s Christmas liturgical season ends with the feast of the Baptism of Jesus, which usually falls on the Sunday after January 6. Then ordinary time kicks in. So, if you really are tired of your decorations, go ahead and take them down; however, think about leaving up the Nativity scene for a while longer as a visible reminder that we are still celebrating our Savior’s birth.

Honoring the Christmas Season from December 25 and Beyond

When a baby is born, a family is delivered an abundance of joy; visitors, presents, meals, cards, and goodwill trickle in for weeks. Surely, it would be reasonable to have a similar level of celebration in remembrance of the birth of Jesus. Using a Bible, a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a saint resource, and a little bit of time, consider trying some family activities during these weeks after Christmas Day as a way to show your continued joy over the birth of Jesus.

This blog is taken from the article “Wrapping Up the Christmas Season” by Theresa Doyle-Nelson in St. Anthony Messenger. To subscribe to this award-winning publication, click here.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."