Every year as we drive home from celebrating Christmas with my in-laws, our family is saddened that radio stations don’t play Christmas music after Christmas Day. We know that Christmas has just begun, but in many homes, the tree and decorations come down on December 26.
Just as we work against the culture by encouraging families and catechists to celebrate the season of Advent (instead of jumping right into Christmas celebrations after Thanksgiving), we must help our people realize that Christmas is a season of its own, starting on the evening of Christmas Eve and continuing through the Baptism of the Lord.
This year, consider ways to invite your community to follow the lead of the Church in their homes and extend their celebration of Christmas through the Christmas season. Take advantage of the fact that children are off school and probably not meeting for religious education/faith formation to plan a casual event for them.
Invite adults who are interested in Scripture to gather to learn about the Gospel stories of Jesus’ birth. Or plan an intergenerational gathering—ask everyone to bring Christmas cookies; you supply the hot chocolate, milk and coffee.
Video resources for these gatherings can be found on the DVD collection Stories of Christmas
. It contains three stand-alone programs: Behold This Child: The Gospel Stories of Jesus’ Birth
(4 segments, junior high-adult); The First Christmas Crib: A Story of St. Francis of Assisi
(all ages), and The Mouse in the Manger
(all ages). It’s a great buy for $19.95!
I’ve selected a clip from The First Christmas Crib: A Story of St. Francis of Assisi
| Windows Media
) to share with you.
Have a blessed Advent and Christmas! Keep Christmas in your heart throughout the season and New Year!