Christmas isn’t over after Christmas Day! Join us as we joyfully celebrate the Christmas season from December 25 to January 9, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Celebrate with joy

Watch Archbishop Etienne's Christmas video.  To read the archbishop's Christmas homily, click here.

Continue celebrating the joy and hope of the incarnation of the Son of God all throughout the Christmas season!

Ways to celebrate the season

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Start new Christmas season traditions

Keep celebrating

  • Keep the Nativity scene, tree and the lights up as reminders of the Christmas season.
  • Play Christmas music, especially carols celebrating the birth of our Lord.  
  • Light the Christmas candle, or "Christ candle," every day (any white candle will do) during dinner.
  • Enjoy your favorite Christmas food and drink, giving thanks to God.
  • Watch family Christmas movies. Read this list put together by the USCCB.
  • Host a Twelfth Night celebration on January 5, the 12th day of Christmas.
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What are the 12 days of Christmas?

The 12 days of Christmas are the days from Christmas Day to January 5 (or Twelfth Night), the evening before the traditional celebration of Epiphany on January 6.

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Christmas solemnities and feast days

There are seven feasts and solemnities to celebrate during the Christmas season. 

  • December 25: Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas), holy day of obligation
  • December 26: Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
  • December 27: Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist
  • December 28: Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs
  • January 1: Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
  • January 2: Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord 
  • January 9: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Join us in celebrating

Join Archbishop Etienne for Christmas Eve Mass, the Nativity of the Lord, at St. James
Date: December 24, 2021
Time: 10:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Location: St. James Cathedral

Join Archbishop Etienne for Christmas Eve Mass, the Nativity of the Lord, at St. James Cathedral.

Date: December 25
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Christmas, the Nativity of the Lord, is one of the most important solemnities of the Church year and a holy day of obligation.

Date: December 30
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The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph celebrates the Holy Family, the role model for all Christian families. 

Date: January 1, 2023
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The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, celebrated eight days following the birth of Christ, is a day honoring Mary as the Mother of God.

Date: January 8, 2023
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The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, is when we celebrate when the three kings who came from the east to pay homage to Jesus.

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Date: January 9, 2023
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The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which falls on January 9 this year, officially marks the end of the Christmas season.

Christmas season resources for parishes and ministries

“And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’”

Luke 2:13-14