Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Christmas in Europe: Not a Day but a Season

“In Europe, ‘Christmas’ lasts much longer than a day. The season stretches well over a month — not to extend the shopping season, but to fit in the many holy days and festivities.

First comes Advent, beginning four Sundays before Christmas Eve. Next up is the Feast of St. Nicholas, celebrated mostly in Catholic countries on December 6.

For many Europeans, the season’s main event is Christmas Eve, celebrated with Midnight Mass and a grand meal. Others focus more on Christmas Day and gift-giving. The “Twelve Days of Christmas” stretch from December 25 until January 6, which is Epiphany, the day the Three Kings delivered their gifts. Then the season goes into hibernation until next year.”

Read more @ https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/read/tms/christmas-in-europe-not-a-day-but-a-season

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