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The Baptism of the Lord Jan. 8 marks the conclusion of Christmas season

Image of the Nativity provided by the USCCBChristmas is a season, not just a day

While many celebrate only the build-up to Christmas and the day itself, as a faith community we celebrate Christmas for the next several weeks. And, there is much to celebrate here, much to enter into more deeply. Too often, the days before Christmas are too busy to enter into the meaning of this feast or to reflect on the daily Scriptures and the graces that are offered us. This first week is a time for us to enter into the stories of special saints who are associated with the birth of our Lord because of their innocence. During subsequent weeks of Christmas, we return to stories of Jesus' life and ministry. (from the Creighton Online Ministries website) 

Feast days and solemnities of the Christmas season

The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas), Dec. 25, 2017 (holy day)
Monday is Christmas Day, the first day in this eight-day celebration of the Octave of Christmas. We take joy in the story of the nativity and of our savior's entrance into the world in the most humble of ways.
 
 
The feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, Dec. 31, 2017
This feast provides us an opportunity not to reflect upon the "perfect family," but to ask ourselves how we might be blessed by examining the lives and examples of Joseph, Mary and Jesus, and asking ourselves what graces they could offer us. 
 
It also allows us more time to reflect upon the Christmas story, including the everyday reality that was part of their lives as family - the patience, give and take, the self-sacrifice and the love that was a part of their very human interaction together, throughout what we call "the hidden life" of Jesus. That can include all the growing up years of Jesus' life, what their village was like and what ways they spoke with each other, as well as what difficulties they might have experienced.
 
From the USCCB:
Holy Family reflection | Prayer for Family Commitment (English | Español) | Daily Readings
Read Bishop Walkowiak's Jan/Feb 2018 FAITH Grand Rapids column about families
 
The solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, Jan. 1, 2018 also World Day of Peace
The Octave of Christmas, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 
Read Pope Francis' message for 2018 World Day of Peace message
 
 
The solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Jan. 7, 2018
On January 7, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. This day commemorates the visit of the magi to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem. While traditions have grown to give the “three wise men” names—Caspar, Balthazar, and Melchior—we actually know very little from Scripture about who the magi were or where they came from.
 
What is important is that their visit to the stable in Bethlehem proved that Jesus, even as an infant, was worthy of homage by all men and women.
 
From the USCCB:
What is the Epiphany? | January 7 also marks the start of National Migration Week 2018 | Migration Week Prayer (bilingual) | Daily Readings
 
The feast of the baptism of the Lord, Jan. 8, 2018
On January 8, the Church recognizes the feast of the Baptism of the Lord and the official end of the Christmas season. Through his own baptism, Jesus became a model for all of us on how we can all be baptized as sons and daughters of God. Just as Jesus began his public ministry.
 
From the USCCB:
About the significance of our baptism (English | Español) | Daily Readings