Celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas

Celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas

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Christmas trees go up the day after Thanksgiving and go out the day after Christmas, just before the ritual of returning and exchanging gifts. The time in between is a flurry of parties, shopping, and school events.

But many families have tired of this “winter holidays” whirlwind. Instead, they are choosing the treasure of approaching Advent and Christmas as the Church does—with four weeks of preparation, followed by almost two weeks of celebrating Jesus’ birth.

Depending on which Sunday Epiphany falls on, there are up to twelve days for celebrating Christ’s birth. Keep decorations up, make meals special, and play Christmas music. Ask other families to join you for some festivities; this is supportive for parents and fun for kids. And here are suggestions for each day.

Christmas Eve and Day. Enliven your Christmas eve celebration with a Hispanic tradition called Las Posadas (from the Spanish word meaning shelter), which recreates the Holy Family’s search for lodging. Have two children play the roles of Mary and Joseph. Other family members are innkeepers and go to…

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