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Old Dec 11, '08, 12:54 pm
MamasBoy MamasBoy is offline
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Default How long is the season of Christmas?

How long is Christmas?

I've heard that Christmas is twelve days long running from midnight mass through Epiphany inclusive. However, that is thirteen days. Is Epiphany not a part of the Christmas season, or is Christmas really thirteen days long?

I've also heard that Christmas is a day, an octave and a season that ends on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (making it 20 days long). However, all of that that runs contrary to popular wisdom regarding the "12 Days of Christmas."

Thanks for taking the time to answer my question.

MB
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Old Dec 12, '08, 5:28 pm
Leonie Ambrose Leonie Ambrose is offline
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Default Re: How long is the season of Christmas?

MamasBoy,

The following link should assist you in better understanding the length of Christmas in the liturgical calendar. If you have any further questions or concerns that are not answered by these links, please contact Catholic Answers directly.

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