christmas season

EDITORIAL | With joy-filled hearts, let’s continue the Christmas celebration all season long

As we conclude the season of Advent, we enter into the true Christmas season. And with that, we must not let the celebration end.

As Archbishop Robert Carlson noted in this week's column, there was a huge anticipation leading up to the historic eclipse in August. After totality came and went, we quickly moved on with our lives.

With Christmas, we must resist the urge to move on. The culture sends its signs that Christmas is over, with the abrupt end of Christmas music on the radio, for example. By January, stores are stocked with items for Valentine's Day — and yes, even Easter.

Editorial | Let the season continue

A pilgrim lit a candle Dec. 17 in the grotto of the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank.

Four weeks of Advent are followed by Christmas Day and the beginning of the true Christmas season.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has written that "people go from celebration to celebration — Christmas to the Super Bowl to Valentine's Day to March Madness to Easter to baseball season. There's a lot to celebrate, but something about it seems frantic — and frantic isn't a fruit of God's presence. Preparations begin so early, but when the anticipated event arrives it never satisfies for very long — and shallow satisfaction isn't a fruit of God's presence."

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