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December 29, 2008


Jennifer Gregory Miller

I enjoyed this perspective, Gwen. What if making these presepi without the Christ Child until Christmas? I wonder if that could be a good compromise?

Gwen Wise

Happy New Year and a blessed Epiphany Jenn!

Yes, I was thinking of this after you commented. That in fact is what we do in our home, since it is the Nativity for which we are preparing anyway. All other decorations go up on Christmas Eve (with a concession to my dear spouse the tree goes up on the 20th; I think we would run out of time on the 24th anyway!). The idea of adding straw (in the form of good deeds and prayers) to prepare the manger adds another layer of meaning.

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Christmas Novena

  • Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen

Feast Days of the Christmas Season

  • December 25th - Solemnity of Christmas
  • December 25 - January 1st - Octave of Christmas
  • December 26th - St. Stephen
  • December 27th - St. John
  • December 28th - The Holy Innocents
  • December 29th - St. Thomas Becket
  • Decmber 31st - The Holy Family
  • January 1st - Mary, Mother of God
  • January 2nd - St. Gregory Nazianzen
  • January 2nd - St. Basil the Great
  • January 3rd - Most Holy Name of Jesus
  • January 4th - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • January 5th - St. John Neumann
  • January 6th - Bl. Andre Bessette (Traditional Epiphany)
  • January 7th - Epiphany
  • January 8th - Baptism of Our Lord