We all know the song about the 12 days of Christmas that starts, “On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me … ” But do we really celebrate the full 12 days of Christmas in our homes? Our society tends to want to end the celebration on the 25th. But our church year calendar has the 12 days of the Christmas SEASON built into it.
The 12 days on the church year calendar span the time from Christmas Day to Epiphany (Jan. 6), when we celebrate the arrival of the wise men to worship Jesus.
So we as followers of Christ and followers of the church year calendar should do all we can to enjoy the entire 12 days of Christmas and not pack everything up on the night of the 25th.
Creative Communications can help you to extend your celebration in this manner with a devotion book, a bookmark and a pop-up window calendar to mark the 12 days with reflections, activities, Bible verses and prayers. See the links below:
But even if you do not use any of these products, just think to yourself during each of the 12 days, “What can I do to celebrate the birth of Christ in a meaningful way today?” Many people put extra ornaments on the Christmas tree during these days. Some make an effort to go out and visit people in the church or in their neighborhood to share a cup of coffee or a conversation, as an echo of the visit of the wise men to the home of Mary and Joseph. Still more open extra gifts for each other for each day of the Christmas season as a reminder that the gift of Jesus is still with us every day of our lives.
Whatever you do during these 12 days, do it with joy in the Lord and gratitude for what our true love sent to us: salvation through his Son.