a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in the rich traditions and observances that extend the Christmas season.
Five ways to celebrate Christmastide for you and your whānau
Continue the Celebrations
✨ Keep your nativity scenes on display.
You may like to wait until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
🎄 Don’t take down your tree straight away.
Consider leaving it up until the Feast of the Epiphany.
💡 Keep your Christmas lights on each day as the day ends and the sky darkens.
🕯️ Light candles near your manger scene, perhaps while the family eats dinner.
Consider hosting Christmas parties AFTER Christmas day.
Although the Church celebrates the liturgical New Year at the start of Advent, the start of a new calendar year is an opportunity to incorporate a practice of New Year’s prayers and blessings within the Catholic tradition, emphasising the significance of continuing the Christmas season into the New Year.
This prayer resource from Hallow covers the importance of prayers on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, including prayers from various popes. They also suggest ways to incorporate prayer into New Year’s resolutions.