For some of us Christmas is over. The gifts have been exchanged, children have awoke and squealed with delight at the sight of the presents left by Santa, and shopping malls are advertising After-Christmas Sales to cash in on all of the holiday gift cards that were exchanged. But did you know that Christmas is not over?
According to tradition, the twelve days of Christmas actually started on the 25th with the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, however, it will continue until the night of January 5th, finally winding down on the first day of Epiphany, which is celebrated on January 6th each year. This day is known by some as Old Christmas.
I was reminded last night of Old Christmas as my wife and I discussed taking down our Christmas tree. (There actually wasn’t much discussion going on, she was busy trying to put the house back in order.) It was common practice when I was growing up to keep up the Christmas decorations until after Old Christmas, I never quite understood why because we never did any other celebrating, but regardless the tree would stand until January 6 each year.