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The Christmas Season
THE CHRISTMAS SEASON STARTS ON CHRISTMAS DAY
Judging by the number of Christmas trees that are put out to the curb on December 26, many people believe that the Christmas seasons ends the day after Christmas Day.
They couldn't be more wrong: Christmas Day is the first day of the traditional Christmas celebration.
The period of Christmas feasting continues until Epiphany, the 12th day after Christmas, and the Christmas season traditionally continued until the feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)—February 2—a full 40 days after Christmas Day!
Since the revision of the liturgical calendar in 1969, however, the liturgical season of Christmas ends with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the first Sunday after Epiphany. The liturgical season known as Ordinary Time begins the next day, typically the second Monday or Tuesday of the New Year.