Christmas in Virginia once lasted from the first of December until February 2

Cheryl E Preston
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Christmas was once a two-month observance

Some have been saying that retail stores are putting out their holiday merchandise too soon. Others point out that home decorations for the December 25th celebration are getting earlier and earlier but once upon a time in Virginia Christmas was a two-month-long celebration.

According to the Colonial Williamsburg website Christmas never was only a one-day event, but over time became a protracted series of devotions, services, feasts, games, and entertainments driven by the birth of Jesus.

In its grandest medieval version, the Christmas season lasted two months, from the first Sunday in Advent, at the beginning of December, to the feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary, also known as Candlemas, February 2.
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There were many observations between December and February

In addition to the Winter Solstice on December 21 there were other celebrations .between the first of December adeb February 2

St. Nicholas Day, December 6; St. Lucy's Day, the feast of lights, December 13; Christmas; St. Stephen's Day, December 26, also called Boxing Day; the Feast of the Holy Innocents, also known as Childermas, December 28; the Feast of the Circumcision, January 1; and the Epiphany, or the showing of the Infant to the Magi, January 6.


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