I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified
-- St. Paul, I Corinthians 2:2
Awww I thought it was quite cute really ....... or perhaps it was a plea for the sympathy vote:)
Hahah, don't tell me that Your Reverence is an Advent Nazi!
The horror, the horror!
I still have a deep seated desire to do the silver/aluminum tree with a color wheel. Call it blue-collar up-bringing kitch.
Fr Jim:Well, only if you're one of those folks who takes down the Christmas tree just as Christmas is beginning!Our office is putting up the Christmas decorations tomorrow; I wish I could wait another week, but I'm a softie.
We hold off on the tree in the house until December 17. It stays up through Baptism of the Lord, unless it become too dry and dangerous. The Creche does up in the house the first week of Advent, the various figures making their arrival during the season. The Baby Jesus arrives after Midnight Mass.
In a traditional Polish household the tree goes up prior to the vigil dinner (Wigilia). Then the beautiful meatless dinner and the singing of carols (koledy) by the family. Next the trip to church for the shepherds mass at midnight. The tree generally stays up to the Feast of the Purification (candlemas). Thank goodness for artificial trees - and thusly my latent desire for aluminum glory...
Now, I know this sounds scary but...In my family the tree goes up on Christmas Eve. When we were younger it would be "the Christ Child and the angels" that would bring all the decorations, the presents, and the tree on Christmas Eve. This ironically worked well before my Dad became Catholic because he wouldn't come to Midnight Mass with us and when we'd get home everything would be up.That's not the scary part.The scary part is that we always have a real tree, leave it up 'til the Epiphany, and light real candles on it. We haven't burnt down the house yet in over twenty years of doing this so I guess either we've got busy guardian angels or we're playing with fire (no pun intended).
I always thought that would be a nice way to do things - its a German tradition, isn't it?
Must I be the one to point out the all-too-obvious trend here...We too have delayed putting up Christmas decorations and the tree until the week before the holyday, and kept them up until Epiphany. It has been our way of "forcing" Advent into our children's lives. But now, we see that our priests succumb to the pressure of our culture. Trees, and apparently not very pretty ones, are sprouting up in rectories around the nation. Must the laity be the only defenders of our Catholic identity? Must we shield the eyes of our sons and daughters from the bright lights glowing in our rectories' windows during the season of waiting? Must we constantly be the Catherine of Sienas to the clergy of our time?Oh, these cafeteria Catholics....Happy Holidays!
Actually, I keep my decorations up until Purification. I'm not sure if I'll be able to stand the fiberoptic Christmas treeling that long, but definitely the creche.
Yes, the candles on the tree is a German tradition (as are most of the Christmas and advent related traditions in my family)
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