Prepare forty days
Making everything ready
Celebrate for twelve
Wishing to remind everyone that the Christmas season, which is the Nativity fast, and the Christmas feasting is actually 52 days long. The Nativity Fast begins 40 days before Christmas, and the 12 days of Christmas runs from Christmas day to the traditional exchanging of gifts on Three Kings Day.
I offer this reminder of Christian tradition for all those who are disgusted at stores stretching out Christmas for fun and profit. In truth, Christmas has been greatly compressed. We have forgotten that Christmas and Easter are not only days, but seasons on the calendar. These seasons are times to remember the Hope of salvation.