"We Saw His Star!"

One of the tragedies of the manner in which Christmas is celebrated in our culture is how soon it is discarded. Early in the season (earlier, it seems, every year) stores, malls, neighborhoods and churches are decorated for Christmas. That’s great. But in celebrating Christmas in November and December, the yearning and expectation of Advent are bypassed. When December 26 arrives, people are done with Christmas. They throw it away as fast as used wrapping paper.
But that is not how the Christian calendar was formed. After four weeks of preparation called “Advent,” our Christian forbears celebrated the Twelve Days of Christmas that culminate in the celebration of Epiphany (January 6 this year). The celebration is not supposed to end on December 25 - it begins on Christmas Day!