The Church is still Christmas-ing. Seriously? After all, the secular version of Christmas took months and months to prepare for and it only lasted a day.
(That’s it? All tuckered out after just one day? There, there, you poor thing.)
The Catholic version of Christmas starts with a month (Advent) of preparing for…make that obsessing about Christmas. After all that, no way it’s done in a day. In the Church’s view, the more you prepare, the more you celebrate (kind of like eternity).
There’s a lot more to Christmas than the Nativity. Which is why Christmas gets its own season, full of extra stuff. And this Sunday is the last of the big days of Christmastide.
More on this tomorrow. Readings for the Baptism of the Lord