Happy first day of December! I can't believe we are already here! Time is flying for me. Is it for you as well?
This is a huge month in the Liturgical Calendar. On December 3, the season of Advent begins. Advent is the beginning of the Liturgical Year for the Church. It is a season of longing, expectation, waiting, and hope as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus as the Christ Child and his second coming when he will set the world to rights.
During the month, there are so many feast days to celebrate! We begin with two people, St. Nicholas, and St. Lucy, who faithfully served the Lord and devoted their lives to helping the poor. We will also celebrate St. Thomas, a disciple of Jesus who later became a father to the early church. Then we celebrate one of the highest feasts of the Christian Year, the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, where we rejoice and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ!
As soon as Christmas happens, we move into a new season of the church year, Christmastide or the Twelve Days of Christmas. These are twelve whole days devoted the the celebration of the birth of Jesus. There is no fasting allowed during these days, only feasting!
The day after Christmas, we have a series of feast days all in a row: St. Stephen, St. John, and the Feast of the Holy Innocents (where we remember all of the firstborn male children who were killed by King Herod).
Get ready! It's a busy month but an incredible month. Let us embrace it with wonder and awe!
Follow along as I share everything you’ll need to celebrate this special month, including the history, recipes, and traditions.