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
Start new Christmas season traditions
- Read the infancy narrative from the Gospel of Luke on Christmas Day, and pray Gracious Lord, Child of Bethlehem together.
- Gather the family to do this brief Christmas season reflection.
- Bless your Nativity scene and rethink how you view it.
- Table topic: What was the best non-material gift you received this year?
- Support your parish outreach ministry or give to Catholic Community Services, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul or Agape Service Project.
- 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.
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
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.’”