Christmastide is here...
Welcome to Christmastide! Yes, it's a thing! It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I realized there were actually 12 days of Christmas on the liturgical calendar. It’s not just the lyrics to a kids’ song.
This is what Joan Chittister, in her book The Liturgical Year says,
“The Christmas season, if we see it as a whole rather than as an isolated event (and, in our age, a totally distorted and even misleading conception of the feast), it can ignite the spark that will lead through the darkness of our own lives every day of the year. It is the light of Christmas within us that will take us, if we have the insight to cling to it, beyond a fairytale rendering of the great truths of the faith to an understanding of what all the dark days of life are about. ... Christmas is larger than a baby in a manger. Christmas is the coming of a whole new world. More than that, it is what makes that world possible.”