As the Christmas season comes to a close this weekend with the Baptism of the Lord, it saddens me that so many households packed away their trees, lights, and decorations -- some on December 25th or 26th, when the season was just getting started.
In contrast, I rejoice when I hear things like:
+ Our youth ministry went Christmas caroling at a nursing home on January 5th (which by the way is perfect as it is still Christmas season for we Roman Catholics and near the Feast of the Epiphany, but also the celebration of Christmas for Eastern Churches, so is still very timely!
+ Our parish celebrated Epiphany with a party, rather than squeezing one more thing in December when it is actually Advent.
+ Between Christmas and New Year, our youth get together to write out Happy New Year cards for military personnel.
How did YOU help celebrate the Christmas season this year, during the actual season? What ideas might you consider planning for next Christmas?
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.